Assured that the film’s message of valour and women empowerment will resonate with the audience, Kangana Ranaut had ambitious plans for Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi from the onset. Encouraged by the film’s success at the Indian box office following its January release, the actor-director is now ready to take her labour of love to China.
A trade insider reveals, “Even when Manikarnika was in the development stage, the makers had discussed the possibility of releasing it in China. In fact, Kangana and Kamal Jain [producer] had met Aamir Khan last year to understand the dynamics of the market. The film’s release date is yet to be locked, but it will hit screens only post-April 15. It will be the first female-led Bollywood film in the country.”
Over the past few years, Aamir and Salman Khan have steadily built a fan base in the neighbouring country. The stupendous success of their offerings have paved the way for Bollywood to tap into a new market. Confirming the development, Jain says that the Rani Laxmibai biopic, by virtue of its story, is likely to strike a chord with Chinese viewers.
“China is a great market for Bollywood films. As Manikarnika is a female-led film, it has an edge over [other offerings]. More importantly, it depicts a common enemy in the British colonial forces. To see a female warrior fighting them would serve as exciting content for their market.”