Jhansi Ki Rani (1953)

 ●  Hindi ● Running Time: TBA

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One of the best-known Indian historicals, it is a spectacular account of Rani Laxmibai’s (Mehtab) life, the 19th C. queen of Jhansi known as Manu to her friends and who led her armies into battle against the British East India Company during the 1857 rising (known in Britain as ‘the Mutiny’). The film chronicles Lord Dalhousie’s annexation policies which had forced a treaty upon the aged and childless King Gangadhar Rao (Mubarak). The high priest (Modi), who controls the throne and who had opposed the signing of the treaty, searches for someone capable of leading a revolt and finds the defiant Manu. He persuades the king to marry her, making her the rightful successor to the king instead of the scheming Sadashiv Rao (Ramsingh) who is on the side of the British.
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as Rani Lakshmibai
as Rajguru
as Henry Dowker
as General Sir Hugh Rose
Supporting Actress
as Doris Dowker
as Panditji

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Film Type:
Feature Film
Language:
Hindi
Colour Info:
Black & White
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
Stereoscopy:
No
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Music Director: Vasant Desai
Playback Singer: Mohammad Rafi
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Music Director: Vasant Desai
Playback Singer: Mohammad Rafi
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Music Director: Vasant Desai
Playback Singer: Mohammad Rafi
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Music Director: Vasant Desai
Playback Singer: Sulochana Kadam
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Music Director: Vasant Desai
Playback Singer: Mohammad Rafi
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Music Director: Vasant Desai
Playback Singer: Mohammad Rafi
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Sadly the film failed to connect with the audience and was a costly misfire for Modi as a box office crash.

The film was notable for its authenticity in creating the right period and delineating historical events, its spectacular battle scenes and Mehtab's stirring performance though she was far too old for the role. She achieves stirring dignity in the role as she vows to protect Jhansi from all enemies both within and outside.

Mehtab starred as the young queen of Jhansi who took up arms against the British during the Mutiny of 1857 with Modi essaying the role of the Rajguru, her chief advisor.

This was India's first technicolour film, for which Modi had technicians flown in from Hollywood.

Much of the film, shot by Hollywood import Haller, consists of battle scenes, courtesy of the Ministry of Defence and horses, elephants and subjects of the maharajahs of Bikaner and Jaipur.