Kangana Ranaut at Manikarnika music launch

Actress Kangana Ranaut was full of praise for lyricist Prasoon Joshi, and the composer trio of Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani and Loy Mendonsa at the music launch of Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi (2019) yesterday in Mumbai.

“Often people tell me there are no heroes in my film (Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi). I want to tell them that them that this is not true. These [pointing to Joshi, and the music composers] are my heroes. We have lots of heroes in the film, to begin with, we have Prasoon sir, Shankar sir, Ehsaan, Loy, [co-director] Krish, [writer] Vijayendra Prasad, [producer] Kamal Jain. They are all kings of the queen,” said Ranaut.

Ranaut stunned all when she said that she was just a small part of a very big film. “I’m a small part of this very big film. I have always done small films in my career.  When I say this film is big, it’s not just because of the story, scale, but it is big because of the kind of artistes that I am getting to work with. It’s the first time that I am working with Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, Prasoon. Words cannot explain my joy,” she said.

It seemed like a mutual admiration society as Joshi and Shankar also expressed their delight for working in such a film.

“I have always wondered why we hardly had any films made on Rani Lakshmibai. I was busy when I heard about this film coming up. But because it was about Rani Lakshmibai, and then when I heard it is Kangana Ranaut who is going to play her, I couldn’t have asked for [anything] better,” said Joshi.

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For Shankar, working on this project was akin to a blessing.

“When we get such projects, the only feeling is that we feel blessed. Not everyday you get a chance to create music for a film like Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi. Through this music, if we are able to communicate what she has done for the country, even a little bit, I think we would have achieved a lot. It is a true milestone for us,” said Shankar.

Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi will be released on 25 January.

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