The blockbuster movie ‘Manikarnika-The Queen of Jhansi’ has been released in theatres. Kangna Ranaut has brilliantly played her role as Rani Lakshmi Bai. To give a dramatic effect, there has been made some alterations in the movie.
It is interesting to know that in the movie, Rani Lakshmi Bai has been shown as getting face to face with Britishers. But in fact, no Britishers could have ever seen her. The reason is that she remained behind Pardah on the arrival of British persons as per the present custom.
However, one foreigner had a chance to look her for a moment. That was Australian Lawyer John Lang who petitioned in London Court for Rani Lakshmi Bai.
The British Company had ordered Lakshmi Bai to leave her palace according to The doctrine of Lapse. Rani was not ready for that and she hired an Australian Lawyer John Lang to file a petition against British Company.
When John Lang arrived at Rani’s palace to discuss the matter, Rani with her adopted son was behind a pardah. During the conversation, Rani had quoted her historical line-
“Mai apni Jhansi nahi dungi.”
Suddenly, the child removed the curtain and John Lang had a glimpse on Rani Lakshmi Bai. He later explained her beauty in his book – “If the Governor-General had been fortunate to have a look on her, he certainly would have returned Jhansi to this most beautiful queen”.
Hope you would have liked this interesting fact about Rani Lakshmi Bai.