Kangana Ranaut's Rani Lakshmi Bai biopic will not be helmed by Ketan Mehta
Kangana Ranaut has moved on with the biopic and she will now be directed by Telugu director Krish.
For the last two years, Kangana Ranaut has been prepping for Ketan Mehta's Rani Lakshmi Bai biopic. On her 30th birthday on Thursday, 24 March 2017, she will slip into the warrior queen's avatar and face the camera, but for another filmmaker.
Kangana will shoot for the first poster of Manikarnika, a film on Jhansi Ki Rani, to be helmed by noted Telugu director Krish (who has also helmed Gabbar Is Back). The story has been written by KV Vijayendra Prasad of Bajrangi Bhaijaan and Baahubali fame.
According to a report in Mid-Day, Kangana and Ketan Mehta have fallen out.
The report stated that Mehta wanted to shoot his film in English as he wanted the biopic to have a global appeal. But Kangana, who also worked on the script, had a different opinion. A source was quoted as telling the daily, "Ketan was insistent that his movie be made in English for an international audience, like Gurinder Chadha's The Viceroy House, but those working on the film felt it won't go with the ethos of the story. The actress and the filmmaker couldn't find common ground on the language factor, leaving the project in a limbo."
Kangana will next be seen in Hansal Mehta's Simran. The film is scheduled to release on 15 September.
Krish, Rakul Preet Singh, Vaishnav Tej on telling the shepherd community's story through Konda Polam
"I have always romanticised shepherds crossing the mountains with their sheep as it creates a beautiful picture, but when I read this book, it took me by surprise as it revealed the real struggles that they were facing," says director Krish on adapting the book Konda Polam into a film.
"It's a deeply stirring subject, and we have made it on a scale that only theatres could do justice to," says Kangana Ranaut on Dhaakad.