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After MANIKARNIKA now an international film based on Rani Laxmibai!

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Swati Bhise as Rani of Jhansi Swati Bhise as Rani of Jhansi
Swati Bhise as Rani of Jhansi

Kangana Rananut is working on the epic biographical film MANIKARNIKA: THE QUEEN OF JHANSI. Ever since the announcement of the film and pictures of Kangana as Rani Laxmibai came out the curiosity surrounding this film has increased.

Interestingly an international film on Rani Laxmibai titled SWORDS AND SCEPTRES is also being made now by THE MAN WHO KNEW INFINITY fame actress Swati Bhise.

The makers of the film have wrapped up the principal photography and post-production of the film has started.

The film is co-written, produced as well as directed by Swati Bhise with Charles Salmon as co-producer. It also stars British actors Derek Jacobi, Rupert Everett, Nathaniel Parker and Ben Lamb . Jodhi May plays Queen Victoria in this film. Completing the lineup are Indian actors including Nagesh Bhonsle, Yatin Karyekar, Milind Gunaji, Arif Zakaria and Ajinkya Deo.

Talking about how she worked on Laxmibai’s look, Swati shared, “The character of the Rani has more than 50 made-to-order special design nauvari (the traditional nine-yard Maharashtrian) saris. We researched the patterns prevalent in the era and wove each costume in a process that took over a year. Vidhi, my friend also created custom shoes to match the outfits.”

Swati also designed and custom-made the costumes for the Rani and the character of Nana Saheb (played by Deepal Doshi) with Vidhi Singhania.

Riyaz Ali Merchant created costumes and riding boots for the principal and secondary cast. In order to get the look right opinions were sought from Vikram Gaekwad, India’s leading make-up artist who also designed the Khopa and Marathi and Sanskrit experts like Madhave Apte, the former Indian test cricketer, Girish Murudkar (for the exact style and design of turbans), and Usha Gupte who read and translated many of the Sanskrit and Marathi texts, the primary one being Maza Pravas by Vishnu Godse (a firsthand eyewitness to events) in 1890.

SWORDS AND SCEPTRES is slated to release later this year.

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