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Kangana Ranaut starrer Manikarnika released on Republic Day 2019, and brought to the fore, the story of brave Rani Ki Jhansi. Kangana didn’t only play the titular role but also took over directorial reigns during the shoot. The film not only did well in India but did fantastic business overseas and is even making waves at the Japanese Box Office. 

Kangana is now gearing up for the release of her next film, Panga. During press interactions for the film, Kangana addressed the criticism that came her way for Directing Manikarnika. The actor, being her usual candid and honest self, said, “There was no panga. The director left the film [and] I completed it. It was just that. If I helped my producer [and] studio, toh uss cheez ke liye mera sammaan hona chahiye. People should see me [as] responsible. I got many brickbats and I am shocked. Being an actor on set is the most privileged job. [Being] a director, I am sorry to say, and even Ashwiny will agree, is not as valued as it should be. Filmmakers in our country, unlike America, are literally de-valued. This industry is of the actors. There is a part of me that wants to pursue film-making, but, it is a privilege to be an actor on the set.”

Panga is a sports drama based on the story of a kabaddi player who wants to make a comeback in the game, after motherhood. The film has been Directed by Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari, and will release on 24th January, 2020.

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