Kangana Ranaut, who took over the reigns as director of her forthcoming film Manikarnika – The Queen of Jhansi, says directing a film is like leading a worker’s life, but she had fun while she was at it.
Kangana interacted with the media at the trailer launch of Manikarnika – The Queen of Jhansi along with her co-actors Ankita Lokhande, Mishti and Suresh Oberoi, as well as producer Kamal Jain, writer KV Vijayendra Prasad, and music composers Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy.
The Queen star stepped into the film’s original director Krish’s shoes after he departed the project due to what has been blamed on scheduling conflicts and creative differences. Asked whether she wants to pursue direction in the future as well, she says, “I was telling my sister yesterday, I don’t know what it is about me that I really love working as a technician as no actor wants to be out in the sun as opposed to being in the air conditioned van. No actor wants to be sweaty where 80 people are asking you like 100 questions. No actor wants to do recce of locations when you can simply be in your luxury suite. I don’t know what it is about me that I am so comfortable in this job that there is nothing more that I love than directing, even though I don’t get to wear makeup and I don’t get any special treatment.”
Kangana adds, “A lot of people tried to make it (film) and before Kamalji (Jain), there was another producer who had approached me for a similar subject. I worked on that script for two years as well, but then we didn’t get additional producer to produce the film and that project didn’t materialise. So, I had serious setbacks with this, but eventually we came up with this film. Therefore, I feel today is a very special day for all of us because we have made it.” The film is set for release on January 25.