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Madhu Mantena, Reliance Entertainment team up for biopic on Kota Rani, Kashmir's last Hindu queen


The film will be based on the life of the last Hindu queen of the region, Kota Rani, who ruled between 1300 and 1340 AD. 

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With biopics being all the rage these days, Reliance Entertainment and Phantom Films have come together to make a film on the last known Hindu queen of the region of Kashmir, Kota Rani. The production houses made the announcement late on Monday evening. 

Considered to be one of the four queens who ruled the region during the advent of the 13th century AD, Kota Rani was an able administrator who defended the region against several central Asian invaders. 

Speaking on the project, Madhu Mantena, who is co-producing the film, told Indian Express.com, "It’s a matter of great surprise that as Indians we don’t know enough or at all about a personality like Kota Rani. It would be no exaggeration to compare her to Cleopatra and a lot of things that we are witnessing today are directly related to the story of Kota Rani." 

The same report quoted Shibashish Sarkar, CEO, Reliance Entertainment as saying, "The primary aim is to make the remarkable story of Kota Rani reach as many people as possible. Her character has many shades but without a doubt, she is one one of tallest female characters to have come out of our country. Paradoxically very few of us know about her. We will be making this film on an ambitious scale." 

While there is not much information available about Kota Rani, there have been books on the queen, including The Last Queen of Kashmir by Rakesh K Kaul, published in 2016.

The producers have not confirmed the casting or the dates for the film's production as yet.