Shri Rajput Karni Sena, the outfit which famously led a movement against Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus Padmaavat, has claimed the outfit is not involved in the protests against Kangana Ranaut’s Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi.
Denying reports about the outfit opposing the period drama, its national spokesperson and Ex-Major Dr Himanshu said Shri Rajput Karni Sena’s name is being used for vested interests.
“We are not opposing Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi till we don’t have anything substantial from the family, region or the community,” Himanshu told IANS over the phone.
“These people, I believe, are using the name of Karni Sena for their own vested interests and they are bringing disrepute to Karni Sena and to the historical characters,” he added.
Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi captures the life story of Rani Laxmibai and her fight against the British. Kangana plays the lead role in the film, produced by Zee Studios in association with Kamal Jain and Nishant Pitti, and releasing on January 25.
According to reports, the Maharashtra wing of the Karni Sena protested against the film on Thursday alleging that the period drama “alludes to Rani Laxmibai’s relationship with a British officer”. The reports also said Karni Sena is opposed to the film showing the queen dancing to a special number, saying it is against tradition. They asked the makers of the film to show them the movie before its release.