Kangana Ranaut’s latest movie Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi, which crossed Rs 40 crore in its opening week and is being praised for a power-packed performance has proven her to be the undisputed queen of Bollywood.
Kangana seems to have conquered the space of women led cinema, following a pause in her career owing to films like Katti Batti and Rangoon, and a web of controversies.
Manikarnika registered the biggest ever opening weekend collection for a woman-led film in the history of Indian cinema, according to trade analyst Atul Mohan.
Film and trade business analyst Girish Johar said it is worth appreciating that Kangana who faced several obstacles in bringing alive a film of such an enormous scale.
’It’s a Herculean task well achieved,’ Johar told IANS, and said her job is to draw in the audience, which she has succeeded in doing with Manikarnika.
Her acting and gravity defying stunts have been lauded. ’I honestly think Kangana Ranaut was possessed by the spirit of Bruce Lee. Even the gravity defying stunts looked believable because of the searing intensity on her face,’ opined filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma.
’Well established stars, especially good actors don’t fade out. A lot of stars like Akshay Kumar and Ajay Devgn have given a line-up of flops but they come back when a script is good,’ industry expert Vinod Mirani told IANS.