Anisha Kashyap

Queen of Jhansi is a 2019 film portraying the triumphant persona of a nineteenth century queen popularly known as Rani Laxmi Bai. Manu, though a Brahman by caste had been brought up as a Kshatriya warrior. She then marries the then King of Jhansi, Gangadhar Rao. However, unlike most women who confined themselves within the four corners of the house with the Rasoi(kitchen) as a frequent haven, she took utmost interest and diligence in the political affairs of Jhansi. Her life was all the more thrilling than a roller coaster ride. Soon after she gave birth to her son Damodar Rao, he was murdered after four months. Her husband too died of illness after they adopted Anand Rao(later named Damodar Rao). And according to the Doctrine of Lapse prevalent during the Colonial rule, she could not claim her reign over Jhansi and leave her palace. As valiant as she was, so was her remark : “Mai Apni Jhansi Nahi Doongi” (I’ll not leave my Jhansi) and reverted to wage a war against British. A freedom fighter, a queen and a mother, she became a lighthouse amidst the uncanny phase of colonialism. She kept her head high even during the slightest of British domination. Once she confronted few British men who belittled her to be a sylvan for being unable to speak English. And her reply in English in which she spoke that “English could be our talent but not our mother tongue because there is only one mother for us which is Hindi” was a silent yet invincible slap for the Britishers. And that’s how she is embossed in the heart of every nation loving Indian.

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6 months ago

I clicked on the link to read a review and was utterly disappointed to read who Rani Laxmi Bai was because I read that in my history classes. I wanted to know if the movie was worth a shot, how it was good or bad as a movie….since it is called a movie review.