New Delhi, Feb 6: Can there be any end to the idiosyncrasies and hypocrisies of our societies? Hardly had the country recovered from the mad mayhem created by the Karni Sena over Padmaavat on the so-called poor and wrong projection of Rani Padmavat comes another threat. This time it is from the Sarva Brahman Mahasabha which is apprehensive about the way Rani Laxmi Bai is projected in the film. Interestingly the very Karni Sena which was fighting tooth and nail against the release of the film now has done a U Turn and says that it will support Padmaavat. But this statement comes a bit too late; as enough damage has been done to the property, reputation and freedom of expression.
Addressing a press conference in Jaipur on Monday, Suresh Mishra, the president of the Sarva Brahman Mahasabha (SBM) alleged that the film Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi distorts history regarding Laxmi Bai and depicts a love affair between her and a British man.
“We learnt about it from our friends and acquaintances in various parts of Rajasthan where some scenes of the film are being shot. The film is based on a foreigner’s book and tries to dampen the queen’s reputation,” said Mishra. Further adding he said, “Nobody can even imagine that Maharani Laxmi Bai could have an affair. She died fighting the British at a young age. If a film is to be made on her life, it should be a biopic.”
While talking to Hindustan Times Producer Kamal Jain told, “The film shows Rani Laxmibai in a respectful manner. We have taken care about portraying her including consulting historians and scholars in Jhansi. She was a freedom fighter and one of the most respected leader our country has seen. She is a symbol of valour in our country. The film’s story depicts the same. The film doesn’t portray anything objectionable about her. There is no love affair depicted in the film and there is no distortion of history in anyway. It pains me to hear these statements about one of the greatest leaders India has seen. Is this what independence means? We are making a film which depicts the real story of Rani Laxmibai. Having said that, we are open and willing to show the script (to people who might have doubts). We have nothing to hide. We are proud to be making a film and want the world to see one of the greatest leaders of India. This film is a tribute to Rani Laxmibai.”