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Kangana Ranaut: I have always taken on diverse roles and broken most stereotypes
Fiery actress Kangana Ranaut is a Force to reckon with. She made her silver screen debut with Anurag Basu’s ‘Gangster’ in 2006, and post that there has been no looking back for her. In twelve years of her career span, Kangana already has three National Awards in her kitty. Her last few films may have tanked at the box-office but the actress is not deterred and is now gearing up with not just one but three big banner films.
Talking about her experience of shooting for historical period drama ‘Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi’ the actress told IANS, “I met with a nerve-wracking accident while shooting the film. It left me with a scar on my forehead. But when I look back now, I carry this scar with pride. I am nowhere close to Jhansi Ki Rani, but her story definitely gave me courage and strength to do this physically challenging part. I am someone who has always taken on diverse roles and broken most stereotypes.”
Kangana will be reuniting with her ‘Queen’ co-star Rajkummar Rao for psychological thriller ‘Mental Hai Kya’. “We really don’t know about success and failure since it is not in our hands, but the script is nice and we are having a good time shooting the film. I hope the audiences like the film,” shares the ‘Simran’ actress.
After this psychological thriller, Kangana will start working for Ashwini Iyer Tiwari’s sports drama and she is excited about this project as she shares, “I am really looking forward to working with her.” In this film, Kangana will be portraying a role of a kabaddi player.
Talking about what keeps her going, the fitness enthusiast shares, “I strongly believe that it(exercise) helps me become a better version of myself physically, while also contributing immensely to my mental strength. The power of the mind is such that once I set my heart and mind on something, I will strive to achieve it no matter what. I believe in taking the Road less travelled, discovering new things about myself and pushing my own boundaries to reach a newer, better, fitter and stronger space.”
“I am a straightforward person. I have always said exactly what is on my mind and voiced my opinion on what I believe is right — whether it is in my personal life, or professional. My experiences, whether good or bad, have definitely helped me evolve and made me who I am today. The best feeling is being able to do something you think you wouldn’t be able to. It is this high that I enjoy and what pushes me to brave any obstacles laid out for me,” she added further.
This year, Kangana made heads turn at her debut appearance at the Cannes Film Festival. She was seen in her bold avatar during her appearance at the film gala, receiving both appreciation and criticism. Calling it a fulfilling trip, Kangana said, “Being a part of the fashion industry always comes with its pros and cons. There is always positive and negative criticism around any actor and the only way to overcome that is by being yourself. Cannes has been memorable this year as I had the opportunity to showcase another side of myself.”