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Mughal-e-Azam to Manikarnika: How Bollywood is forever in love with history, kings and queens

With a 'historical', you get magnificent characters, spectacular war scenes, superb sets and unforgettable songs. But the sword has an edge: the risk of inaccuracies, and protests!

History has fascinated filmmakers worldwide.

Moving away from depicting the times they live in, many of them have made extraordinary period dramas. Interesting, larger-than-life characters have come to a second life on screens, among them, kings and queens who live on in public memory.

Kangana Ranaut had once played a middle-class 'queen', the story of a shy and ordinary girl's journey towards spiritual emancipation, in a film of the same name released in 2014.

Five years later, Ranaut will be seen as Rani Laxmibai in Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi.

As is well known, Laxmibai, the 19th century queen of Jhansi, had walked down the path of violent confrontation with the colonial British East India Company during the Great Indian Rebellion of 1857.

raniThat shrill battle cry! The Rani Laxmibai movie is a nod to nationalism. (Photo: Screenshot/Still)

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