There is a gigantic level of resentment in the ranks of actors and technicians who have pitched their talent into the controversial historical Manikarnika. While two of the prominent actors told this writer they had a “hellish” time shooting for the film after the original director Krish was replaced by the film’s leading lady Kangana Ranaut as director, they also asserted that silence was the best policy for now.
They will speak later after the film’s release.
One actor from the film did speak up on condition of anonymity asserting that his name be kept out. “If you promise to not reveal my name I can tell you , shooting for Manikarnika with Krish and without Krish as director have been two different experiences. When she(Kangana Ranaut) came in she changed everything including the dubbing by the actors.The film that is now going to release after she(Kangana) took over is very different from the one that Krish has made. Now it is trulyManikarnika because it is truly the story of one woman now,with all the other characters as mere props.”
The actor says there are far more senior and respected actors in the film who feel they’ve been given a raw deal. “But we are keeping quiet for the sake of the film. We want it to work because all our blood sweat and tears has gone into it. But afterManikarnika releases there will be plenty of voices of protest coming up.”