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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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. Read More