An actress par excellence, who has no qualms at being quirky, perfects her roles to the T and is a powerhouse of talent and charisma – Kangana Ranaut is truly the Bollywood actress to watch out for. And now, with the much awaited ‘Manikarnika’ due to release soon, she is indeed riding on cloud nine.
With big movie hits under her belt and future productions that can make anyone jealous and envious, Kangana has established herself as a solid actress who is here to stay.
Born in Bhambla, a small town in Himachal Pradesh, Kangana grew up in a joint family set up. Simple and happy is what she has often described her childhood as. On the insistence of her parents, she initially wanted to become a doctor but changed track soon after and moved to Delhi and then Mumbai, where she started off as a model.
She was a stubborn and rebellious child and would often try to break stereotypes like dressing and accessorizing. From there to being known as the most stylist Bollywood actress, Kangana has carved a stellar position for herself.
Here are some unknown facts about the actress –
She got her first break with Mahesh Bhatt’s Gangster. Chitrangada Singh was the original choice but due to some date clashes, she opted out. The role landed in Kangana’s lap and from then to now, there has been no looking back for her.
The ‘Rangoon’ actress hated taking baths as a child. She was so lazy that her parents were tired of this habit of hers. But later on, as she grew up, she read a lot around elements, composition and energies and that helped her understand the importance of cleanliness.
Going the extra mile – for her role in Manikarnika, a movie about the valour of Rani Laxmi Bai, she perfected the art of riding horses by enrolling in a school in Germany. Shows her passion for ensuring that no stone is left unturned.
Woman of The Year 2016 – Kangana was the youngest lady to receive the Woman of the Year award in 2016 by GQ magazine. However, if rumours are to be believed, she was the second choice for this. Priyanka Chopra was the original choice but had to be dropped after she refused to come for the ceremony owing to prior commitments.
The DDLJ Love – Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jaayenge, is her favourite movie and she saw it when she was 8 yrs old. She couldn’t sit through the end but remembered the songs till much later.
The story of Zero – Kangana is known to have really tried hard to land herself a role in the SRK starrer Zero. However, the director and producers went ahead with Katrina because of the on-screen chemistry they had earlier successfully portrayed.
Struggle days – The fact that she wasn’t from a Bollywood background, added to her initial struggles. She had little money, no backing and even slept on pavements.
Against Racism – she is one of the few actresses who have come strongly against fairness creams. She has denied offers and even sued a company that used her images.
The Amir factor – She sits through all her editing work taking the cue from Aamir Kahan, who is known for her perfection skills.
Sister bond – Kangana’s sister Rangoli is an acid attack survivor. But Kangana stood by her and supported her throughout.
She is one of the highest paid actresses of the country and has had many successful films to talk about. This includes, Gangster (her first film), Queen, Krrish, Life in a Metro, Woh Lanhe, Tanu weds Manu and Fashion to name a few.
She has won three National Film Awards and four Filmfare Awards. Ranaut has featured five times in Forbes India’s Celebrity 100 list.
Ranaut is credited in the media as one of the most fashionable celebrities in the country, and she has launched her own clothing lines for the brand Vero Moda.
She has been linked to Aditya Pancholi, Adhyayan Suman and her scandalous public war of words with Hrithik Roshan was much talked about. She is also extremely vocal about her stand regarding nepotism.
She practices vegetarianism and was listed as “India’s hottest vegetarian” in a poll conducted by PETA in 2013.