Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut is set to return with the second installment of the Manikarnika franchise. Titled Manikarnika Returns: The Legend Of Didda, the film will revolve around the life of Didda, Kashmir’s first woman ruler, sometimes described as the “Cleopatra of Kashmir”. Diddaruled Kashmir directly and indirectly for around five decades in the 10th and 11th centuries. Didda, as per Kalhana’sRajatarangini, was the ruler of Kashmir from 980 CE to 1003 CE while Mahmud Ghaznavi was a Persian Muslim ruler who invaded the Indian subcontinent in early 11th century.

According to sources close to the development, ManikarnikaReturns: The Legend Of Didda will be mounted on an international scale. The movie will be jointly produced by Kangana and Kamal Jain, who bankrolled the first installment, Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi (2019).

The film is expected to go on floors in January 2022. Telling you about The first film in the Manikarnika franchise, Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi,  which was based on the life of Rani Lakshmi Bai, starred Kangana Ranaut, AtulKulkarni, Ankita Lokhande, Jisshu Sengupta, Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub and Vaibhav Tatwawaadi. Radha Krishna Jagarlamudi and Kangana jointly shared the direction credits.