Zee Cinema to premiere ‘Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi’ on 14 Sep

MUMBAI: Showcasing the tale of valour and bravery, Zee Cinema will be airing the world TV premiere of ‘Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi’ on 14th September at 8 pm.

‘Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi’ captures the true spirit of a fierce queen who refused to cede control of her kingdom to the British following her husband’s death and who fought valiantly alongside her troops on the battlefield. Named as Manikarnika at birth, she was given the name of ‘Lakshmi Bai’ post her marriage with Maharaja of Jhansi, Raja Gangadhar in honour of the Hindi goddess Lakshmi.

The movie marks the directorial debut of Kangana who also essays the titular role of the warrior queen. The feisty actress is joined by a stellar star-cast comprising of Danny Denzongpa, Suresh Oberoi, Jisshu Sengupta, Atul Kulkarni, Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub and Ankita Lokhande who makes her big-screen debut with the movie.

The historical war drama comprises an eight-song playlist, penned by Prasoon Joshi and composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. The album features melodious live orchestration, while others have been crafted with minimal music and the biopic gives the trio enough room to explore a range of moods within the patriotic period film template.

The song ‘Bharat’ is an amalgamation of melody and emotions and Prasoon Joshi’s powerful lines, ‘Main rahoon ya na rahoon Bhaarat yeh rehna chahiye’ perfectly summarises the feeling of patriotism. The other songs in the album – ‘Vijayi Bhava’, ‘Bolo Kab Pratikar Karoge’, ‘Rajaji’, ‘Tak Taki’ and ‘Dankila’ are melodious and connect to one’s core.

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