Kangana Ranaut in the official poster of 'Manikarnika: Queen Of Jhansi' Photograph:( WION Web Team )
The actress said the issue of nonpayment cannot be tolerated at any cost.
There seems to be no end to troubles for 'Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi'. The film has been courting controversies one after the other. The makers of the film have been accused of not paying the dues of junior artists and workers. Now, the film's leading lady Kangana Ranaut has refused to promote the film until the producers clear all the dues.
Reacting on the issue, Kangana said, “It’s very sad. I have always opposed such kind of practices. There are doubts that labourers and technicians in the film industry are really devalued. I don’t know why actors only get unnecessary attention and importance in the film industry and because of that, I also want to be a technician.” The actress was speaking to the media at an event in Mumbai recently.
“I feel they are absolutely devalued. I want to venture into direction and writing as these people are unsung heroes of the film industry.”
The actress said the issue of nonpayment cannot be tolerated at any cost. “When such things happen with labourers, it can’t be tolerated but I have been promised by the makers of the film that there is no such thing like that. They told me that they have a dispute with a vendor and they are doing a negotiation with him because they don’t think they should pay as much he is demanding,” she said.
“I warned the makers of the film that if such thing will happen then I am going to disassociate from this film even though I have given 300 days of my life to it.
“I told them that I will not go for any promo launch and I will make sure that I will not promote the film even if one labourer’s money has been stuck but they told me to calm down on this issue,” said the actor.
'Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi' is a historical biographical film based on the life of Rani Laxmibai of Jhansi. Kangana plays Rani Laxmibai. The film is scheduled to release on 25th January.