Kangana Ranaut opens up about ‘Manikarnika’ and ‘Thackeray’ clash

‘It will be completely wrong to say that someone has pressurised to push the dates,’ said Kangana.

Mumbai: There would be three films clashing at the box office this January 25- Emraan Hashmi-starrer Cheat India, Nawazuddin Siddiqui-starrer Thackeray and Kangana Ranaut-starrer Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi. However, Emraan’s film got preponed to avoid the clash and now it only Kangana versus Nawazuddin at the box office.

At the music launch of Manikarnika on Wednesday, Kangana was asked if she received any request to change the release date of the film considering the clash with the biopic of Maharashtra’s favourite politician, Shiv Sena chief Balasaheb Thackeray.

Kangana replied saying, “Hume date shift karne ke liye ab tak kisi ne nahi kaha aur na hampe aisa pressure hai (Nobody has asked or pressurised us to shift the release date of the film). In fact, hame toh kisi ne approach bhi nahi kiya, (In fact, nobody even approached us) so we are very happy that we have a big window for there are vacations and this is a festive release. I think two films can easily come and we are not in any pressure and it will be completely wrong to say that someone has pressurised to push the dates.”

At the do, Kangana mentioned that it is a patriotic film and that it is cool enough to boast about being patriotic. However, the actress was counter questioned that if the love for country is not showed in a chest thumping way then isn’t that patriotism? Why force someone to love their country?

Hearing the question, Kangana got upset and said, “Love is love… if you love your partner and you don’t want that partner’s company then it’s upto you. You can internalise it. But it can never manifest into anything concrete. It will manifest into a beautiful relationship, but nothing will come out of it.”

She further argues, “The Constitution is a promise that all of us do with each other and the motherland, you understand? You know what Constitution is right? It’s not a gift that has fallen from the heaven. If we add another piece of land to this land, we will make a promise to even those set of people. But this is what we ought to protect. That promise needs to be owned. It needs to be shown that we own this promise. We cannot internalise it. It’s not something to be internalised. You understand?”

After this, Kangana called off the media interaction calling it the last question.

(Story by Onkar Kulkarni)