Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi

Lauren Busser

The Bollywood film Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi pays tribute to a pivotal figure in the Indian Rebellion of 1857, Rani Lakshmibai. As portrayed by Kangana Ranaut, she learns martial arts, marries a maharaja, and at age 22 refuses to cede her kingdom to the British Empire, making her one of the first women in India’s history to fight against British colonization. While it’s often unclear how much of her story is a myth and how much is based on fact, it’s an epic adventure all the same.