The shooting for the period drama is currently underway in Alsisar, Rajasthan. Despite reports of the film being delayed due to heavy VFX, a source close the film refuted all such claims in a statement given to the publication.
Manikarnika is based on the life on Rani Lakshmibai, a prominent figure in Indian modern history. Ranaut, who was last in Simran, is playing the titular role while Atul Kulkarni will be seen as Tatya Tope.
Directed by Krish, the film is currently in hot waters because of opposition from the Sarva Brahman Mahasabha. The group alleges that the film distorts history and depicts a love affair between the warrior queen and a britisher.
In response to their allegations, Kamal Jain, producer of the film says, "As responsible filmmakers, we have taken utmost care while portraying Rani Lakshmibai's character and have consulted historians and scholars. Rani Laxmibai was a freedom fighter and one of the most respected leaders our country has seen. She is a symbol of valour and the film's story depicts the same."