Love her or hate her, but you cannot ignore her. She is one of the reigning queens of Bollywood. But none can match her courage to ruffle the feathers of powerful people. With her latest release, Manikarnaita, the Queen of Jhansi, she has proved that her life is not dependent on the support of Bollywood biggies.
Today, March 23, 2019, she turns 32. And there is no stopping of Kangana Ranaut. Truly, the celluloid world in India has not seen someone like her. Bold, beautiful, outspoken and extremely talented. Kangana has made it amply clear that she deals with everyone and everything on her own terms, and there is no room for any compromise on it.
This is something unusual for someone who has to charter her path in a make believe world where one is compelled to put on all kinds of masks to survive and flourish.
Kangana Ranaut had the courage to declare she would not act with any of the three Khans just after a handful of commercial successes.
Kangana never hesitated to speak her mind. “After Queen I became a hero, and after Tanu Weds Manu Returns, I became a super hero,” she once said. She said she wanted to be a hero in her films, and not a second fiddle to mega stars.
She famously accused Karan Johar of nepotism in his chat show Koffee with Karan ahead of the release of her big budget film Rangoon. The film miserably failed in box office. Later, she acknowledged that she felt the anger of Bollywood in the film’s poor run.
Kangana’s spat with Hrithik Roshan divided not just people in Bollywood, but those who knew little about either Kangana or Hrithik or Hindi films, in the middle. Thanks to a spate of her interviews to media houses, accusing him of cheating, Hrithik set up a near 2-hour long chat with Arnab Goswami, the mega showman of the newsroom, to counter her allegations point by point.
When she found her latest venture, Manikarnika, the Queen of Jhansi, didn’t come out to her satisfaction, she saw to it that a reshoot of some parts of the film is done under her own direction, even when a key actor quit in protest. And she had no qualms in claiming the first credit as Director.
Her acting is a pleasure to watch. On her birthday today, her new film, a biopic on the life of late Jayalalitha has been announced.
Like Kangana, Jayalalitha was extremely talented, ambitious, beautiful, and bold. Jayalalitha was also a reigning star in southern films before her foray into politics. She became chief minister of Tamil Nadu for an incredible six times.
Like Kangana, Jayalalithaa was reportedly a voracious reader. But unlike Kangana Jayalalithaa was a woman of few measured words and restrained moves. Certainly, enacting Jayalalithaa will add a new dimension to Kangana’s acting canvas.