National Award-winning actor Kangana Ranaut got a deep cut between her eyebrows while shooting for a sword fighting scene on the set of her upcoming film Manikarnika – The Queen of Jhansi.
Kangana was shooting on Wednesday with co-star Nihar Pandya.
The Queen star was rushed to the Apollo Hospital amidst pain and blood loss. She got 15 stitches on the forehead and has been advised rest for four days.
“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 ‘teeka’ that Manikarnika’ wore,” Kangana said in a statement.
“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,” she added.
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.”
Kangana has been training hard in sword fighting under Hollywood stunt director Nick Powell. She is also taking horse riding lessons.
Directed by Krish, Manikarnika – The Queen of Jhansi features Kangana as Rani Laxmibai.
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