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After An Average Start, Manikarnika Back On Track Earns Rs 26.85 Crore At Box Office After Day 2

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| January 27 , 2019 , 14:48 IST

Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi starring Kangana Ranaut failed to impress the audience on day one as it had gathered just Rs 8.75 crore but the movie witnessed excellent growth on its second day at the box-office as it added Rs 18.10 crore.

Its total collection now stands at Rs 26.85 crore. Earlier on Friday, the film opened at Rs 8.75 crore.

Kangana’s performance in the film is getting widely appreciated by celebrities from the film fraternity as well as the audience at large.

Despite a clash with Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s Thackeray, people from across places continued to throng theatres on the second day of its release as well.

The growth on the second day with regard to the first day is over 106 per cent, which is astounding, to say the least. The big Republic Day holiday has clearly helped Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi fetch such a phenomenal number.

Co-directed by Kangana and Radha Krishna Jagarlamudi, this period-drama has impressed the audience. However, it has received mixed reviews from critics.

 

Indian Express film critic Shubhra Gupta gave the movie two and a half stars. In her review, she wrote, “There is not a single complex thought in this nearly three-hour movie, which runs out of steam in the third act because it needs to repeat its battle scenes ad nauseam to fill up the time till the end.

"We the viewers have to do no work to get with the movie’s plan: we just have to sit back, go with the flow, flabby and clunky in bits, and admire Ranaut blazing on the screen,” she added.

She further said “As promised, Manikarnika does tick all the nationalistic boxes. It is getting a perfectly-timed Republic Day release. And there are plenty of eye-roll moments as it chases the red-faced Brits, and raises the flag.

Shubra also added "It may have been Jhansi, but it is clearly a prelude to the ‘tiranga’. But what keeps us with the film is Rani Ranaut, who in her best moments, owns her part, the single-track narrative, and the screen.”

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Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi, also starring Atul Kulkarni, Jisshu Sengupta and Ankita Lokhande in important roles, among others, is co-directed by Radha Krishna Jagarlamudi aka Krish and Kangana.

As the name suggests, the film is based on the life of Rani Lakshmibai of Jhansi and the role that she played in India’s freedom from the British rule.