The film Gangster gave Bollywood a beautiful and talented actress who believed in breaking the stereotype and doing different roles.
Inspite of her debut film becoming a hit, Kangna Ranaut had to see a lot of ups and downs in her career since she didn't want to be just an eye candy in her films. We are talking about none other than Kangna Ranaut who went ahead and did a movie with debutant director in Tanu Weds Mannu soon after her debut film hit the bulls eye at the box office. Even after that, Kangna has been constantly on the look put for scripts that were different and would allow her bring her acting skills out.
After Rajjo, Queen was offered to Kangna. Though she cannot relate herself to the character in Queen, she tried to understand the character and bring it out on screen. Here are the excerpts from the interview with Kangna Ranaut....
There are many women oriented films being made these days, and you are an integral part of this phase of Bollywood cinema. What do you have to say about this?
In the 80 and 90s, male oriented subjects dominated. Then came romantic films followed by South Indian movie remakes. So, the phase keep changing and is not permanent. Films like The Dirty Picture and Kahaani are being liked by the audience and I hope that Queen too gets similar response from the public so that making of such films never stop.
The film Queen revolves around a young girl. After essaying this role, what is the difference that has come about in you?
Queen is the story of a girl and her inspirational journey. This can be the story of any simple common girl. We live in a society where everything is planned - marriage at 21, children at 25; in fact, even our life insurances are planned. So this can happen with anybody - boy or girl!
This character changed me a lot. Queen is the story about a girl who has absolutely no confidence in herself and doesn't trust herself at all. I too belong to a society where girls are expected to behave in a particular way and are taught to think 10 times before making a decision. We therefore become very suppressed since childhood. Earlier, if I were to meet somebody like that, I would be astonished and would have wondered why she is like that. However, now, I have a better understanding of people who are like that.
You recently said that actresses are paid lesser than actors and are even given lesser importance as compared to their male counterparts. But you have always received accolades for your performance, why do you then still feel that this is a male dominated society?
I am not speaking only for myself. I am talking about women as a whole, in general. This problem exists in every area of our life. If I do a film today, and get only 10 percent of it's profit, then that's not fair.
Your career graph has been full of ups and downs. How do you describe your career so far in words? What are your plans ahead?
I never got stardom overnight. I was offered mostly negative roles after Gangster. I refused to do a film such as The Dirty Picture and instead chose to work with a debutant director in Tanu Weds Mannu. That was when I realised that I don't want to a mere eye candy in films. Then I signed films like Queen, Revolver Rani. Apart from acting, I am interested in script writing as well. I aslo want to direct films at a point in my life. If I get to do a biography, I would like to act as well as direct the film.
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Were you pampered a lot as a child?
I was never pampered in my life. In fact, I always upset them and they were quite ashamed of me since I spoke my mind. Once my grandfather, who was speaking to a few guests remarked that in our house, women eat after men in the house has had their fill. I barged in saying, "No, we always have our meal before you." This upset my grandfather and caused much embarrassment to my parents.
In that case, were your family embarrassed when you joined films as well?
My father was very concerned when I decided to move to Mumbai. My grandfather had lived in Mumbai before and had an idea about the life here. However, when he got to know that I was doing a film (Gangster), he send a message through somebody asking me to NOT use my surname Ranaut since that will bring shame to the family.
The Queen trailer reminds us of Tanu Weds Mannu. How similar is this film from that?
The character I portrayed in in Tanu Weds Mannu wa very selfish and cunning. She uses people to get her work done. However, the character in Queen is a 'behenji' type person. She never speaks for herself and is quite a coward who has zero confidence in herself. In fact, she never speaks at all. It would be right to say that she is the feminine side of the male lead (played by Madhavan) in Tannu Weds Mannu.
Considering the fact that you are more and more inclined towards working in female oriented films, is it that you are now going away from the main commercial cinema?
When you do useless characters in films, and you know that people are not even watching you, then why do such films in the first place?
What is your perspective about beauty?
I feel that if you are getting a chance to enhance your beauty, then you should go ahead. There is nothing wrong in that. You must look like how you want to look like, and not because somebody asked you to change. If I feel that my language should improve, then I would work on it and improve it. However, I wouldn' like to go against the will of nature and change my eyebrows, nose, etc....