Who doesn’t know Queen of Jhansi?
She was one of the leading figures of the Indian Rebellion of 1857 when the British East India Company tried to capture India.
Recently a movie has been made based on her life starring Kangana Ranaut and narrated by Amitabh Bachan and written by makers of Bahubali.
Here are some interesting facts about the movie Manikarnika popularly known as Queen of Jhansi or Jhansi ki Rani.
- The title of the movie is mentioned as Manikarnika but we all know Queen of Jhansi was Rani Lakshmibai, then who was Manikarnika?
Rani Lakshmibai was born as Manikarnika in Varanasi on 19th November 1828 and was nicknamed Manu.
Hence the title of the film is MANIKARNIKA.
- Her Farther was Moropant Tambe who worked for the Court of Peshwa of Bithoor District in Kanpur and mother was Bhagirathi Sapre(Bhagirathi Bai) cousin of Nanasaheb Peshwa. It means she was related to Peshwa. Hence she is seen saying “Har Har Mahadev” in Trailer just like same we saw in movie Bajirao Mastani.
Her mother died when she was 4 years old.
She was married to Raja Gangadhar Rao Newalkar, King of Jhansi in May 1842 and was later called Lakshmibai in honor of Goddess Laksmi.
Later she gave birth to a boy in 1851 who was named Damodar Rao, who died after when he was 4 months old.
Later on, King adopted Anand Rao, son of Gangadhar Rao’s cousin and renamed him Damodar Rao in presence of British Political officer.
In November 1853, when Maharja died, British East India Company under the leadership of Lord Dalhousie applied Doctrine of Lapse which meant since Anand Rao was adopted and not the biological son of Maharaja of Jhansi, his claim to the throne was rejected by East India Company.
When Rani Lakshmibai came to know about the wrongdoings of East India Company, she Cried out ” I shall not surrender my Jhansi “
(Main apni Jhansi nahi dungi).
She was ordered to leave the palace and was given an annual pension of Rs 60,000.
- On March 24, 1858, East India Company attacked Jhansi under the leadership of Sir Huge Rose.
Later on, Tantia Tope along with an army of more than 20,000 also came to rescue Jhansi but failed to do so.
After giving a tough fight to East India Company, she died on 18th June 1858 in Gwalior where she was cremated.
Damodar Rao surrendered himself to a British official and his memoir ends in May 1860 when he has been allowed a pension of Rs. 10,000.
Twenty years after her death Colonel Malleson wrote in the History of the Indian Mutiny; vol. 3; London, 1878 ‘Whatever her faults in British eyes may have been, her countrymen will ever remember that she was driven by ill-treatment into rebellion and that she lived and died for her country, We cannot forget her contribution for India.
In case if you have missed the trailer of the movie, you can watch by clicking on the below-mentioned link.
The movie is started to release on 25th Jan 2019.
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