Kangana Ranaut ventured into Bollywood in 2006 with the thriller 'Gangster', for which she won the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut and, since then the actor saw her share of ups and downs. From playing roles in B-grade movies, being described as ‘a girl with frizzy hair with a lizard like body’ and being called out for not being able to speak a word of English to doing movies that made it to the 100 crore-club, winning three National Awards and representing the country in the Women in the World Summit in London (2015), Ranaut’s ‘rags to riches’ story is really inspiring.
Coming from a small village near Manali, Ranaut entered tinsel town with no starry connection, but went on to mark a place for herself in Bollywood. She has proved her talent and versatility with films like 'Fashion'(2008), ‘Queen’ (2014), ‘Tanu Weds Manu Returns' (2015), for which she also won three National Film Awards. Besides, she has also won Filmfare Awards in four categories. The reigning ‘Queen’ of Bollywood, particularly known for expressing her honest opinions in public, is definitely self-made and unstoppable.
Ranaut has managed to time and again create a stir with her downright honesty - be it grabbing headlines for being involved in spats with her male colleagues in the industry or for her sass and style. Her alleged relationships with Hrithik Roshan, Aditya Pancholi and Adhyayan Suman are proof that the actor doesn’t shy away from talking about her past.
The spat between Ranaut and Roshan started when she called him her “silly ex” back in 2016. The two then slapped each other with legal notices and since then the tussle between the two took infinite twists and turns. The controversy came to a standstill post November, when both parties remained silent. It was later in 2017, right before the release of her movie 'Simran' that Ranaut went on-record in an interview to claim that the case is not shut and that the truth will be out soon. In her interviews that followed, she gave the public her perspective on the entire saga. Roshan too broke his silence on the entire incident by writing about it on his Facebook account and even appeared on a select few shows to share his piece of mind. He went on to rubbish all the rumors and denied having any relationship with Ranaut.
Prior to this, Ranaut had taken a dig at Karan Johar when she appeared in one of the episodes of his chat show ‘Koffee With Karan’. Calling him the “flag-bearer of nepotism” in Bollywood, she started a debate on the same topic. In her open letter, Ranaut said that the debate and exchange of thoughts on nepotism is “exasperating, but is healthy.” When her Rangoon co-star Saif Ali Khan, an Indian film actor and producer, in his letter “emphasised” on nepotism being an investment on tried and tested genes, Ranaut said, “I have spent a significant part of my life studying genetics. But, I fail to understand how you can compare genetically hybrid racehorses to artistes!” She further wrote, “Are you implying that artistic skills, hard-work, experience, concentration spans, enthusiasm, eagerness, discipline and love, can be inherited through family genes?” she asked, adding, “If your point was true, I would be a farmer back home.” Though Ranaut triumphantly managed calling out the existing nepotism in Bollywood, she cleared her stand saying that it was only an observation and that she does not have any objection with star kids joining the industry.
Her remarks on nepotism were further met with reactions from various sections of Bollywood which included Sona Mohapatra, an Indian singer, music composer and lyricist, who called the episode a PR stunt in an open letter and Farah Khan, an Indian film director, producer, actor and choreographer, who asked Ranaut to stop playing the ‘woman card’.
When Ranaut was all set to mark her writing debut with director Hansal Mehta's comedy-drama, 'Simran', the film came under the spotlight and she once became the centre stage of surrounding controversies. Writer Apurva Asrani stated that Ranaut tried to discredit his work by claiming that she developed the story with the director from a one-line script. However at the trailer launch, Ranaut cleared the air saying, “There is a lot of misconception regarding this. I would like to clarify, there are no dues pending. It has been made to look like he hasn't been given his due, whereas we have done exactly what he asked.” In addition, she even said, “He suggested I take additional dialogue credits, all the documents and contracts were signed too. Post that, we also worked for a schedule together.”
Days after Asrani accused Ranaut of taking “screenplay and dialogues' credit” for the movie ‘Simran’, filmmaker Ketan Mehta sent a legal notice to her for conniving with producer Kamal Jain to hijack 'Rani of Jhansi - The Warrior Queen', his very own film project. Mehta claimed that he’d handed over his research material on the warrior queen to Ranaut, and that he planned to take the film on floors early in 2018, although she was yet to sign on any contract. After waiting for a year-and-a-half, he was shocked when he learned that Ranaut went ahead with another director. Producer Kamal Jain falsifying Mehta’s allegations pointed that there wasn’t any copyright violation and that Ranaut hadn’t signed legal documents.
Long before when Ranaut was once offered a whopping two crore deal to endorse a fairness cream, she turned it down saying that she never understood the concept of fairness and did not want to set a bad example for the youth. An advocate of women’s rights and strong supporter of equal pay grade, especially in the film industry, Ranaut once went on record to say, “When you are doing larger-than-life films with superstars, you don't get equal opportunities. Roles are written for them because the audience goes to watch them. But I want a role which is of equal importance,” she said in an interview with Mumbai Mirror. She further added, “At 18, I wanted to work with the creme-de-la-creme because I thought that was the only way to be successful. But I don't think any A-lister has done as many B-grade films as I have. Today, all I want is 50:50 on paper.”
When she was asked if she has plans to move to Hollywood, Ranaut called it “stupid” and that she won't “fall prey” to the Hollywood glamour. Refusing to offer herself “on a platter to another industry”, she confirmed that she has no plans to join Hollywood.
List of Movies - Gangster(2006), Who lamhe (2006), Shakalaka Boom Boom(2007), Life in a Metro(2007), Dhaam Dhoom (2008), Fashion(2008), Raaz(2009), Vada Raha (2009), Ek Niranjan(2009), Kites (2010), Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai (2010), Knock Out (2010), No Problem(2010), Tanu Weds Manu(2011), Game(2011), Ready (2011), Double Dhamaal (2011), Rascals(2011), Miley na Miley hum(2011), Tezz(2012), Shootout at Wadala(2013), Krishh 3 (2013), Rajjo(2013), Queen(2014), Revolver Rani(2014), Ungali(2014), Tanu Weds Manu Returns(2015), I love NY(2015), Katti Batti(2015), Rangoon (2017), Simran(2017)
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