There’s never a dull moment with Kangana Ranaut in the news, is there? The clouds had barely cleared on her comments about gau rakshaks and liberals, that there are reports of the actor taking over as director of her forthcoming film, Manikarnika. Erstwhile director Krish has excused himself from the film, and will reportedly begin work on the NTR biopic starring Nandamuri Balakrishnan and Vidya Balan.
There are reports of Kangana not being happy with certain sections of the film, and so she has taken it upon herself to helm the reshoots. Krish had already allocated his dates to the NTR biopic (rumoured to be another huge film), and has been cordially excused by the production. Mumbai Mirror quoted Ranaut’s spokesperson on the matter as, “He (Krish) is not to be blamed, Manikarnika is a period drama and such movies takes time. Kangana speaks to Krish over the phone almost every day to discuss the filming. He is there in spirit with the team.”
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Ranaut has earlier had production problems on the sets of Simran, which led to a public confrontation between screenwriter Apurva Asrani and the actor, after she was credited for ‘additional screenplay & dialogues’. In the end, it was ambiguous as to what Asrani’s allegations were about since the final film definitely seemed to stray from Asrani’s original screenplay – which had a more grim tone compared to the film.
Now with Manikarnika, a lot rides on the film and we’re not talking just budget. The film is set to clash with Rananut’s alleged-ex, Hrithik Roshan’s Super 30. And maybe Ranaut wouldn’t trust anyone else to get the job done, but the soaring self-confidence and the continuous pro-establishment statements might be an indication for something else. Will Kangana Ranaut take credit as ‘additional director’ or as the ‘director’ altogether?