‘Manikarnika,’ ‘Thackeray’ clash at box office

  • Screenwriter Vijayendra Prasad remains faithful to the train of events in Rani Laxmibai’s life
  • Telugu romantic comedy Mr. Majnu directed by Venky Atluri starring Akhil Akkineni and Nidhhi Agerwal is a passable watch

NEW DELHI : It’s raining biopics in movie theatres this week. Kangana Ranaut-starrer Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi on the brave queen and Thackeray on the life of Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray, will compete for audiences’ attention.

Manikarnika that Ranaut has co-directed along with Radha Krishna Jagarlamudi is too exhausting a film to send the audience home bubbling with enthusiasm, says NDTV. The visual effects are low-grade, the stilted dialogues reek of laziness, the onscreen performances are pedestrian and the sets have a hurriedly-erected feel. Manikarnika blows history to smithereens and reduces the Rani of Jhansi, one of greatest warriors India has ever known, to a stunt queen, turning the film in the bargain into an outright travesty of cinema. The story of the queen's short but glorious life deserves a movie all right but a much better one than this.

Screenwriter Vijayendra Prasad remains faithful to the train of events in Rani Laxmibai’s life but misses the golden opportunity of delivering a memorable story with scenes that rise above the flow of historical events, says news18.com. The script does deserve a pat on the back for not diluting the heroic saga with sappy and over-sentimental moments. But, the emotional charge of the key scenes is mostly one-note and not nuanced enough to make them rise to their dramatic potential.

Telugu romantic comedy Mr. Majnu directed by Venky Atluri starring Akhil Akkineni and Nidhhi Agerwal is a passable watch, says mirchi9.com. Akkineni shines in a role that doesn’t demand heavy action. But the flimsy plot takes a toll in the second half that feels stretched and lengthy.

Several releases this week haven’t inspired any reviews yet. These include Thackeray starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui directed by Abhijit Panse, Tamil black comedy Simba, Tamil film Kuthoosi, Tamil comedy Charlie Chaplin 2, Kannada horror drama Missed Call, Malayalam action adventure Irupathiyonnaam Noottaandu, Punjabi comedy drama Saadi Marzi and Gujarati drama Daddy I Love You.

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