Pre-release movie review: Kangana Ranaut-starrer Manikarnika

Today, Karni Sena has no issues with Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavat (earlier Padmavati). Some days ago, they changed their opinion about the movie 360 degrees (upside down). They are now welcoming the movie. After watching the movie they got a realization, all of a sudden, that the movie in fact shows the rajputs in good light. The form changing (or may be the name changing) Karni Sena may now want you to watch the magnum opus at least once or may be twice if you choose to do so.

Karni Sena is not to be blamed squarely for the change of heart (or change of mind). They can refer to the mid-January verdict of the Rajasthan High Court over Padmavat movie (at that time it was Padmavati). The Rajasthan High Court had found the movie alright though with a name change. According to the Court the movie must be made eponymous with the 15th century literary fiction.

But all this boils down to one thing. Had the Karni Sena watched the movie before ransacking the shops, shortening of the rail-tracks and attacking the cars (and the buses) on road, then, in addition to Bhansali and anyone who aimed to profit from the nuisance, people at large might have profited from their agitation. Their reformed movie review that late didn’t help people. Most of them (people) had already bought the tickets! … Who knows, in a World of pre-orders, Karni Sena might have introduced pre-release movie reviews.

Now another movie seems to be getting the public attention through this pre-release movie reviews trend. One of which has already arrived.

The preponed movie review is of Kangana Ranaut’s upcoming period drama Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi. The movie is said to be based on the life of the 19th century queen of Jhansi.

The reviewer is some Brahmin outfit named Sarv Brahmin Mahasabha (SBM). Since the review is based on a movie which is yet to release hence the phrases such as “have come to know” must be acceptable. According to SBM,

“The movie’s shooting has been going on in Rajasthan for some time and we have come to know that there are some scenes, including a song, that show her as having a love affair with an Englishman,”

“We have learnt that some portions for the movie have been picked up from Rani, a book by (London-based author) Jaishree Misra. Following objections, the book was banned by Uttar Pradesh government then. So our concern is, why are filmmakers proceeding with a movie with content from a banned book,

“Brahmin Mahasabha will not let the movie be shot here and will disrupt its shooting.”

To help you, the viewer, better decide whether to watch the movie or not, here’s one information which we must keep in mind: The book quoted above is a historical fiction, just like Padmavat. Basing your judgement on one pre-screening movie review may not be that judicious use of the money. Reading the real book can be more wise!

Even more better is to wait for the real movie reviews. They arrive after the movie is released.