The shoot of Kangana Ranaut’s ‘Manikarnika — The Queen Of Jhansi’, in Hyderabad turned into a bloodbath late Wednesday evening, after the actor was severely injured. Ranaut was shooting for an intense sword-fighting sequence with co-star Nihar Pandya, when the latter’s sword hit her forehead and left her bleeding profusely.
When we spoke to Kangana about the injury, she said, “I am a bit embarrassed to be thrilled to have a battle scar on my face. Also, people from my team have been telling me that it’s like that Peshwa teeka that Manikarnika wore. It’s a bit dramatic but I am excited that my face was covered in blood and I got a genuine and authentic glimpse of the Queen’s life.”
A unit hand informs, “Kangana was immediately rushed to Apollo hospital nearby, where she was admitted into the ICCU. She got 15 stitches on her forehead and will be under observation in the hospital for a few days. The examining doctor said that it was a close shave for her because the cut was too close to her bone.”
Producer Kamal Jain says that the action scene had been rehearsed several times. In fact, the perfectionist that Kangana Ranaut is, she insisted on doing the scene herself instead of employing a body double.
Jain says, “Kangana had to duck when Nihar attacked her, but the timing went wrong and Nihar’s sword hit her forehead instead. It made a deep cut between her eyebrows. The drive to the hospital took a good 30 minutes, but she put up a brave front despite the pain and bleeding. Nihar was apologetic and felt terrible, but Kangana pacified him.”