Kangana Ranaut recently unveiled the huge poster of her dream project, Manikarnika- a biopic on Rani Lakshmibai, in Varanasi. The film ran into trouble after Ketan Mehta accused the actress of conniving with producer Kamal Jain and others to hijack “Rani of Jhansi – The Warrior Queen”, his most ambitious film project. He even sent a legal notice to Kangana on the same.
Now, responding to Ketan’s allegations, Manikarnika producer Kamal Jain told a leading daily, “Our lawyers have sent an interim response to him. His notice is inaccurate and baseless. We were aware that Ketan’s film was in the discussion for the past five years. But, you [Ketan] can’t hold back a talent [Kangana] for that.”
Ketan in his allegations also claimed that he gave research material on Jhansi Ki Rani to Kangana for preparations and had plans to take the film on floors early this year. “I waited a year and a half for her,” he said.
However, Manikarnika’s producer Kamal Jain said “Ketan is as free to make a biopic on a historical figure as anyone else. We have none of his research material in possession, contrary to his claim. There is no similarity between his screenplay and ours. It’s a great subject, which allows multiple takes with fresh perspectives.”
Kamal also clarified that Kangana wasn’t bound by any contract with Ketan. “She didn’t sign any agreement with him. He had presented his script, which she may not have found feasible. Only a legal document can bind actors to a project. Plus, this isn’t a fictional story. There were five films on Bhagat Singh. No one sued anyone then,” said the Manikarnika producer.