Kangana Ranaut to now produce and direct Aparajita Ayodhya

The actress calls it a story of love, hate, unity

By Our Correspondent

Kangana Ranaut had turned producer last year when she announced the formation of Manikarnika films. Ranaut had also announced her first project Aparajita Ayodhya, the film based on the age old Ram Mandir issue that was finally settled last year. Ranaut will now be directing the film too. The Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi [2019] actress made an official announcement today.

“The plan wasn’t for me to direct the film. I started it as a project that I worked on from the concept level. I wanted to produce it and rope in another director for it. I was quite busy at that time to even think of direction. However, the script that KV Vijayendra Prasad shared was that of a film set on a large canvas, somewhat on the lines of the historical that I have directed before. My collaborating partners were also keen that I direct it. Eventually, even I felt that maybe it’s best if I helm this film. So, it all happened organically,” Ranaut said in a statement.

While announcing her production house, Ranaut had made it clear that she is unlikely to feature in any of her production. The actress reiterated that she only wants to focus on direction.

“I want to keep my focus on the film as a filmmaker, entirely. For me, it’s not a controversial subject. I see it as a story of love, faith and unity, and above everything, it’s a story of divinity,” added Ranaut.

Aparajita Ayodhya is based on the age old Ram Mandir dispute. It is believed that in 1528 A.D, Mughal emperor Babur had destroyed the Hindu temple in Ayodhya and laid the Babri Masjid there. Rebuilding of Ram Mandir was a long desire of the Hindu nationalist party Bhartiya Janata Party and the RSS [Rashtriya Swayemsevak Sangh]. In 1992, the Babri masjid was demolished by kar sevaks, which then led to riots in UP and other parts of the country. In November, 2019, the Supreme Court finally passed a judgment in the case in favour of building a Ram Mandir at the disputed site. The court had allocated a separate land for the construction of a mosque.

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