On the second anniversary of her film's release, Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut has hit out at what she calls a "mafia" for maligning her film 'Manikarnika: Queen of Jhansi'.
On the occasion, the actor said that the film was roped into controversy after it became a commercial success.
"Maybe there were 15-20 people who supported me, but there were hundreds of them who were against me," Ranaut said in an interview conducted by Times of India.
She also clarified that the issues over the direction of the film were baseless.
"There was no controversy even when I took it up as a director. I took over sometime in June-July 2018, there was no controversy. There were several articles when the producer clarified that the director is busy with another film. No controversy at all," she said. "It's only when the film became a huge success...Then on a Monday, the director started to go all out and with him, many people joined in. Everybody seemed to want more than they got or they deserved," Kangana claimed.
She also alleged that much of the controversy over the film came from people who could not digest the success of it and opined that it had the kind of weekend opening that only male Bollywood stars could dream of.
Earlier, director Krish who had worked on 'Manikarnika' with Kangana Ranaut had spoken out against her for hijacking parts of the film and taking credit for work.
"Kangana has done 20-25% of the first half and 10-15% in the second half. I didn't shoot a song and I didn't shoot her entry scene. In the second half, she has even re-shot some scenes which I had done differently," he said in a 2019 interview to SpotBoyE in response to Kangana's claims that she had done 70% of the work.
Kangana Ranaut starrer Manikarnika released on Jan 25, 2019, and did a business of 95 crores in India.