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Fierce and fiery: Is Bollywood ready for the storm that Kangana Ranaut is?

Fierce and fiery: Is Bollywood ready for the storm that Kangana Ranaut is?

Kangana Ranaut

Looking like the Queen straight from the hellish oars of dreamland, and carrying her aura on her sleeve, Kangana Ranaut has been taking us by the storm for the past week. The woman has been the phoenix who again and again rises from the ashes, to blow our minds away, every single time. Be it her cinematic outings, or even her interactions with the media, she is that outspoken blow of fire that even waters cannot quench.

But the million dollar question is, is Bollywood ready for her?

Renowned writer Shobhaa De, who is now infamous for her motormouth tweets that trigger outrage every time she types within those 140 characters, wrote in her column recently, “I think Bollywood is uncomfortable with women like her. But it is women like her who are the real game changers. If she refuses to play the glamorous prop in hero-dominated films, it is because she puts a high value on herself. In the bargain, she probably loses out on lakhs. But if that was her main concern, she would have made significantly different choices and been a much wealthier star.” [sic]

We know that the writer seldom says relevant stuff nowadays, but somewhere, deep in our subconscious, we can’t help but agree with her.

Here is a woman who is a brilliant artist, yet misconstrued and misunderstood at every step she takes forward. Here is a woman who is brash and is proud of it. Here is a woman who is conquering the world of Bollywood, challenging the norms and traditions, challenging her own existence of being an ‘outsider’. This is imperative to an industry that has been surviving on lineages rather than talent, where name comes before the screen test, and nepotism exists in all its glory.

Kangana has challenged all the aforesaid notions and with sheer hard work she has shined brighter than a diamond. But, the shine is not what Bollywood is ready for, especially if it does not come off a male star. We have a Vidya Balan who has managed the feat, but where she has been subtle, Kangana has marked a territory and is guarding that with a fierceness audience and industry alike don’t understand, much like her character Julia from her latest movie ‘Rangoon’. Just like there were layers to Julia that even the audience could not fathom, Kangana is made of even tougher and complex layers.

She does not wear her heart on her sleeves, and boldly states what’s on her mind. We are accustomed to leading ladies who smile with all the poise and are seldom snarky enough to comment on matters that are uncomfortable. They speak how they are ‘supposed’ to and answer what we want to hear rather than what they want to say. Public image matters and that is what they strive to maintain, at times, keeping their originality at stake. With her appearance on ‘Koffee With Karan 5’, Kangana effortlessly sashayed over all those norms and recreated the word snarky without batting an eyelid.

The question is, are we ready for a leading lady so confident who is not ready to take a backseat for the ‘stars’? Are we ready for the actress who is so comfortable in her own skin? It is a long way to go from here, as changes are certainly reflecting in Bollywood. We may not yet be ready for the storm that Kangana is, but she is the queen who is here to say. You may love her or hate her, but you surely cannot ignore her.

Are we ready to confront the uncomfortable truths of Bollywood that we adore with starry-eyes? The day we will be, that would be the one we would completely embrace the idea and storm that a lady and actor like Kangana Ranaut is. As for now, we can just try and take a step forward towards that, for we have a long way to go.

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Dear Priyanka, it’s high time you starred in a Bollywood Film…

Dear Priyanka,

January 25, 2018, I went to a theatre to watch Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Padmaavat’. It was a first day, first show. I was keen to see what the director had to offer, after ‘Bajirao Mastani’.

Well, I was quite impressed with ‘Padmaavat’ thanks to the spectacular vision of SLB. Even the actors left a mark. While Ranveer Singh’s Khilji act was outstanding, Deepika Padukone looked stunning as Rani Padmavati and Shahid Kapoor as Maharawal Ratan Singh impressed us. However, I felt there was something missing in the film, an ‘X – Factor’ that was there in ‘Bajirao Mastani’, but not in ‘Padmaavat’. I couldn’t put things together as what was that one thing missing in ‘Padmaavat’.

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Finally, after wracking my brains and heart for a few days, a box office comparison article on ‘Padmaavat’ VS ‘Bajirao Mastani’ finally gave me the answer I was looking for. It was you, Priyanka Chopra. The ‘X-factor’ in ‘Bajirao Mastani’ was missing from the magnum opus and now a Rs 250 crore plus profitable film ‘Padmaavat’. The subtle yet a powerful performance that you gave in ‘Bajirao Mastani’.

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I then literally went and checked out other dialogue promos of ‘Bajirao Mastani’ that featured you, and understood that not just ‘Padmaavat’, an ‘X – Factor’ from Bollywood has been missing. Bollywood is missing Priyanka Chopra, who is not just a pretty face, but a performer who can make us sit back and notice her.

Your last Bollywood movie was a 2016 release ‘Jai Gangaajal’. Though you were excellent in the film, your ‘Bajirao Mastani’ performance overpowers every other last release of yours.

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There’s no doubt that Priyanka, you are making India proud internationally with the ‘Quantico’ series and three Hollywood films in your kitty, but Bollywood needs you too. Its been more than two years, that your fans are waiting for you to announce your next Bollywood film. We have heard a lot about the films you might take up, SLB’s ‘Gustakhiyan’, Kalpana Chawla biopic, Rakesh Sharma biopic and ‘Fanney Khan’. However, till date, none have been announced as your next Bollywood project.

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Priyanka, it’s definitely high time that you come back to Bollywood, not just for your fans but for Bollywood. I am not saying that Bollywood can’t work without Priyanka and movies won’t be made. But, then the silver screen is missing a performer like you.

After all, as your songs goes, “Dekhi lakh lakh pardesi girl, Ain’t nobody like my DESI GIRL.”

A guy who misses you on big screen

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Alia's 'hike' affair, Ranbir's 'Dilli Wali Girlfriend' and endless rebound reports. Justified?

It has been confirmed that one of Bollywood’s cutest couples, Alia Bhatt and Sidharth Malhotra have parted ways. Breakups are always hard, be it a celeb or a commoner; but looks like it is harder for stars as rumours always find a way to rub salt into their wounds.

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Just few days back, Alia was being linked to her ‘Brahmastra’ co-star Ranbir Kapoor, over a comment made by Manish Malhotra on Neha Dhupia‘s Vogue BFFs, and now, according to some reports, Alia is getting close to Hike messenger founder Kavin Mittal. And the base for these reports seem as baseless as the reports that were going rounds regarding Ranbir’s affiliation with a Delhi-based girl, if you remember. (Also Check: Watch: Alia Bhatt spotted with her friend at Pali Village café)

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Alia and Kavin met at the World Economic Forum in 2017, and since then have been good friends. In fact, even the sources of such reports have confirmed just the friendship, but have gone on to add that friendship can evolve into something else, you never know.

Sometimes, it's nice just to do nothing #kashmir #roadtrip

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Well, that’s just a very absurd prediction to make. What a relationship evolves into or not, is something totally based on probabilities and circumstances. And unless there is any incident to prove that something is brewing between two people, how can anyone go on to speculate that two people are dating, or even can date. Can they just not be friends?

This does take us back to the time when Ranbir Kapoor had broken up with Katrina Kaif, and soon after, reports of him dating a Delhi-based girl has surfaced. Of course, those were busted soon after, when it came to foray that she was just a fan who requested for a selfie. Unnecessary negative publicity for both of them.

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Makes one wonder, as to where does the fine line between truth and speculation blur, so as to give birth to blatant lies. They say there is no fire without spark, but what’s the status of statements that have been created out of thin air, pushed out of context, with feelings and logics thrown out of the window? Something to ponder about.

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