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Manikarnika Vs Thackeray: Kangana Ranaut, Nawazuddin Siddiqui Films Get Rave Reviews

News18.com | January 25, 2019, 5:30 PM IST
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This Friday, Indian box office witnesses an epic clash between two of the most anticipated films of 2019-- Thackeray and Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi. Starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Amrita Rao, Thackeray is a political biographical drama based on the life of Shiv Sena supremo, late Bal Thackeray. While Manikarnika is a period film which captures the life story of Rani Laxmibai and her fight against the British. The film features Kangana Ranaut, Ankita Lokhande, Danny Denzongappa and Suresh Oberoi in key roles.

Thackeray is releasing in about 2,000 screens and will hit theatres in 16 countries simultaneously, whereas, Manikarnika has locked in 2,900 screens. It will be released in 50 countries, and in three languages - Hindi, Tamil and Telugu. According to film trade analysts, there will be a neck-to-neck competition between the two films in the state of Maharashtra, especially with the Marathi and Hindi version of Thackeray coming together.
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Jan 25, 2019 5:25 pm (IST)

Thackeray and Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi has divided the screens and audiences. Going by the reviews and audience reaction, we can be certain that it is not going to be a one-sided victory for any of the films. With so much anticipation and so many expectations riding on both the films, this is indeed an epic clash at the Indian Box Offices. Film exhibitors and trade analysts predict that Manikarnika will dominate across India, but there will be a neck-to-neck scenario in Maharashtra.

Jan 25, 2019 4:32 pm (IST)

Thackeray fans rejoiced on the 48-hour long showcase of the film which began at 4 AM. Thousands of people came together to watch and celebrate the release of Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray's biopic.
 

Jan 25, 2019 3:55 pm (IST)

Click Here to Read Full Review of Manikarnika | Manikarnika Movie Review: Kangana Ranaut's Dazzling Performance Makes It Worth Watching

Manikarnika- The Queen of Jhansi Director: Krish Jagarlamudi, Kangana Ranaut Cast: Kangana Ranaut, Ankita Lokhande, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Danny Denzongpa, Suresh Oberoi Manikarnika, is based on a story that most Indians are familiar with; that of the legendary Jhansi Ki Rani a fearless warrior as brave and courageous as any man.

Jan 25, 2019 3:51 pm (IST)

Director Anil Sharma watched 'Thackeray' and was all praise for Nawazuddin Siddiqui, with whom he recently collaborated in 'Genius'. He tweeted, "Best wishes, Just saw #Thackeray so many things I came to about Bala saheb, a  great heroic personality ..  @Nawazuddin_S performed great .. it’s  a rare feather in cap .. congratulations to everyone associated with film .. Specially @AmritaRao #sanjayraut #AbhijitPanse." (sic)

Jan 25, 2019 3:39 pm (IST)

Filmmaker Rohit Shetty showered praises on Nawazuddin Siddiqui after watching his portrayal of late Shiv Sena patriarch Bal Thackeray in 'Thackeray', saying he is an "outstanding" actor.

Jan 25, 2019 3:30 pm (IST)

Meanwhile, Kangana Ranaut's sister Rangoli Chandel is celebrating Manikarnika's Republic Day release with Bengali sweets. Sharing the picture on Twitter, she wrote, "Celebrating with Bengali sweets !! #Kolkata #ManikarnikaTheQueenOfJhansi." (sic) 

Jan 25, 2019 3:24 pm (IST)

Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui thanked the audience for showering love on 'Thackeray'. He tweeted, "It's an awesome feeling when the audience showers so much of love and support for your film #Thackeray."

Jan 25, 2019 3:13 pm (IST)

Film trade analyst Taran Adarsh called 'Thackeray' a "fitting tribute" to Bal Thackeray. He rated the film 3.5/5. He tweeted, "Thackeray is engrossing for most parts... Taut screenwriting + Abhijit Panse’s skilful direction + Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s sterling act makes it a compelling watch... Watch it! #ThackerayReview." (sic)

Jan 25, 2019 3:07 pm (IST)

Shiv Sena workers created ruckus inside the premises of a movie hall in Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra on Thursday as it did not display 'Thackeray' movie poster, reports ANI.

Jan 25, 2019 2:57 pm (IST)

Two years ago, Nawazuddin Siddiqui had pulled out of a Ramleela programme at his native place in Budhana, Uttar Pradesh, after some people, allegedly of the local Shiv Sena unit, raised an objection against a Muslim artiste playing a Hindu figure. So, years later when he was chosen for the role of Bal Thackeray in the late Shiv Sena surpemo's biopic, titled Thackeray, the news came as a surprise for many. But the actor believes he has "full freedom" to choose or reject any role. When asked about whether anybody issued fatwa against him for playing Thackeray, he replied, "I'm an actor, why would anyone do that?"

Jan 25, 2019 2:46 pm (IST)

Actor Amrita Rao's 'Thackeray' journey gets special as she tweeted, "When family who have spent their life closely with #MaaSaheb.. look at u after the film and their eyes speak..thats th Biggest Takeaway!!! Rashmi ji's Mom's emotional reaction who is Samdhan to #MeenaTaiThackeray.. made my @ThackerayFilm journey Even More Special." (sic)

Jan 25, 2019 2:33 pm (IST)

Actor Amrita Rao, who is playing the role of Bal Thackeray's wife, Meena, in 'Thackeray' said she wouldn't term this film as her comeback movie. During a media interaction in Delhi, she said, "It's not a comeback in acting but a comeback in 70 MM because today 70MM is not the only medium to connect with the audience as the game has changed now. In 2016, I chose to debut in a finite series on TV because I wanted to explore the larger vast audience. It's nice to see that there is creative freedom now than ever before."

Jan 25, 2019 2:15 pm (IST)

Click Here to Read Full Review | Thackeray Movie Review: Nawazuddin Siddiqui's Film Unabashedly Supports Bal Thackeray's Controversial Ideas

Thackeray Cast: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Amrita Rao Director: Abhijit Panse The occasional self-doubt that Nawazuddin Siddiqui displayed in the biopic of Saadat Hasan Manto is completely absent in his second biopic in four months.

Jan 25, 2019 2:14 pm (IST)

News18's Rohit Vats rated Thackeray 2.5/5. In his review of the movie, he wrote: "The film wants us to believe that the rise of the angry Marathi consciousness against the dominant South Indians in Mumbai, then Bombay, in the ‘60s was the result of an apparent humiliation and disdain thrown at the poor natives. With a tiger’s roar in the background, it soon changes into a physical fight between the locals and the so-called ‘outsiders.’ This emotion is so overriding in its approach that there is no scope to town it down later in the film. Thackeray’s use of violence has been justified in as many words."

Jan 25, 2019 2:10 pm (IST)

Click Here to Read | Why Would Anyone Do That? Nawazuddin Siddiqui Says No Fatwa Against Him For 'Thackeray'

Starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the role of late Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray, Thackeray is directed by Abhijit Panse and written by Sanjay Raut.

Jan 25, 2019 1:28 pm (IST)

Thackeray producer Sanjay Raut announces Thackeray part 2 and part 3 after seeing the response of the film nationwide. He said the scripts for the next two films are already ready. However, he said it would at least take over a year or two for the new parts to come out.

Jan 25, 2019 1:12 pm (IST)

Thackeray releases alongside Kangana Ranaut's Manikarnika- The Queen of Jhansi. When asked about the box-office clash between the two films, Nawazuddin Siddiqui simply said, "It's good. I hope both films will work."

Jan 25, 2019 12:59 pm (IST)

Meanwhile, talking about the clash between Manikarnika and Thackeray, film trade Analyst Atul Mohan told News18, "Both of them are very important films. Thackeray is more targeted at the Marathi audience. Bal Thackeray was a big leader for Maharashtra and there is a lot of curiosity about his life. On the other hand, Manikarnika is an ambitious film for Kangana. Her last films haven't done very well and she needs to bounce back. There is a lot riding on the film."

Jan 25, 2019 12:46 pm (IST)

Meanwhile, trade analyst Taran Adarsh has tweeted the details about Manikarnika screen counts. While the film has been released in 3000 screens domestically, it has locked in 700 screens abroad.

Jan 25, 2019 12:37 pm (IST)

Nawazuddin Siddiqui's Sacred Games co-star Kubbra Sait gave a shout-out for Thackeray on Twitter, saying she can't wait to watch the film.

Jan 25, 2019 12:21 pm (IST)

Click Here to Read | People are Waiting For Me to Fail, Says Kangana Ranaut

Kangana Ranaut has battled her way facing sexism, harassment and heartbreaks to emerge as one of the most powerful contemporary leading stars and the actor believes there are people waiting for her to fail.

Jan 25, 2019 12:09 pm (IST)

Kangana, who underwent a rigorous and "exhaustive" physical and emotional exercise to tap into the character of Rani Lakshmibai for Manikarnika, said the process of directing the film became challenging as she didn't dive in thinking she would also be helming the epic period drama at some point. She had to also turn director for Manikarnika after the original helmer, Krish, was not available to re-shoot a chunk of the project.

Jan 25, 2019 11:57 am (IST)

Click Here to Read | 'Stop Selling Hate': Siddharth Criticises Nawazuddin Siddiqui's Thackeray

Telugu and Tamil actor Siddharth has slammed the Thackeray trailer for referring South Indians in a derogatory manner.

Jan 25, 2019 11:48 am (IST)

Babumoshai Bandookbaaz director Kushan Nandy is all praise for Nawazuddin Siddiqui's performance in Thackeray. He tweeted, "Can @Nawazuddin_S not do anything? Body language, attitude, performance.. he IS #Thackeray to the T. Specifically loved the scene with Javed Miandad. Riveting watch. #ThackerayTheFilm."

Jan 25, 2019 11:40 am (IST)

Director Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari, who is making her next film with Kangana Ranaut, gave a shout-out to the actress' latest movie Manikarnika on social media. She wrote, "For every woman who is a warrior within to fight her battles on the path to freedom.For every little girl who represents Rani Laxmi Bai.The fearless human who inspires & has infinite love for our beloved country.Yesterday & today her spirit continues. #KanganaRanaut #Manikarnika."

Jan 25, 2019 11:34 am (IST)

Grand celebration outside Wadala theatre in Mumbai, where Thackeray's premiere was organised on Thursday evening.

Jan 25, 2019 11:27 am (IST)

Actor Akshay Kumar gives his best wishes to Bal Thackeray's grandson Aaditya Thackeray on the release of the film, 'Thackeray'. He wrote: "Wishing all the very best to my friend, @AUThackeray on the release of the film #Thackeray based on his grandfather...have heard so many stories about the power he exuded and his greatness, looking forward to see it all unfold on the big screen."

Jan 25, 2019 11:21 am (IST)

Film director-writer and producer Kushan Nandy who has worked with Nawazuddin Siddiqui in Babumoshai Bandookbaaz is all praise for the actor as Nawaz steps into the shoes of Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray. He wrote, "Can Nawazuddin not do anything? Body language, attitude, performance. He is Thackeray to the T. Specifically loved the scene with Javed Miandad. Riveting watch."

Jan 25, 2019 11:10 am (IST)

Actor-director Parvin Dabas reviews Kangana Ranaut's film and called it a brilliant renedring. Praising the film he tweeted, "Saw Manikarnika- The Queen Of Jhansi yesterday night at a special screening. A brilliant rendering of one of the most important and iconic figures in Indian history. Congrats to all involved for making and backing this film."

Jan 25, 2019 10:55 am (IST)

Click Here to Read the Full Review | Manikarnika Movie Review: Kangana Ranaut Dazzling Performance Makes the Film a Worthy Watch

Manikarnika- The Queen of Jhansi Director: Krish Jagarlamudi, Kangana Ranaut Cast: Kangana Ranaut, Ankita Lokhande, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Danny Denzongpa, Suresh Oberoi Manikarnika, is based on a story that most Indians are familiar with; that of the legendary Jhansi Ki Rani a fearless warrior as brave and courageous as any man.

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Talking about the clash, producer and trade analyst Atul Mohan told News18, "Both of them are very important films. Thackeray is more targeted at the Marathi audience. Bal Thackeray was a big leader for Maharashtra and there is a lot of curiosity about his life. On the other hand, Manikarnika is an ambitious film for Kangana. Her last films haven't done very well and she needs to bounce back. There is a lot riding on the film."

News18's Rohit Vats rated Thackeray 2.5/5. In his review of the movie, he wrote: "The film wants us to believe that the rise of the angry Marathi consciousness against the dominant South Indians in Mumbai, then Bombay, in the ‘60s was the result of an apparent humiliation and disdain thrown at the poor natives. With a tiger’s roar in the background, it soon changes into a physical fight between the locals and the so-called ‘outsiders.’ This emotion is so overriding in its approach that there is no scope to town it down later in the film. Thackeray’s use of violence has been justified in as many words."

On the other hand, Priyanka Sinha Jha of News18 rated the film 3.5/5. In her review, she wrote, "Wherever the script falters, Kangana Ranaut’s on-screen charisma comes to the rescue. She is impressive in each and every scene, never missing a beat. Manikarnika would certainly qualify among those rare screen gems with a female protagonist that is an out and out action film, and Ranaut, pulls off this feat with flair. She deserves extra credit for the fact that she co-directed the film along with Radha Krishna Jagarlamudi and steered it through some very tricky behind-the-scenes developments."


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