Kangna Ranaut, born 23 March 1987, Indian Film Actress, Director, Bollywood Star who appears mostly in Hindi films. She made her acting debut in 2006 with a leading role in Gangster.
She won a Filmfare as well as a National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as a troubled model in Fashion (2008) and subsequently featured in commercially successful films such as Raaz – The Mystery Continues (2009), Once Upon A Time In Mumbai (2010), Tanu Weds Manu (2011), Double Dhamaal (2011) and Shootout at Wadala (2013).
Ranaut has established herself as a brilliant actor and a style icon in Bollywood. After a brief stint at modelling, she made her debut in the super hit Gangster, receiving a Filmfare For Best Debut. She did a number of important roles in Woh Lamhe, Life In A … Metro, Fashion, etc.
Kangana Ranaut tasted commercial success as leading Lady In Raaz: The Mystery Continues, Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai, Tanu Weds Manu and the more Recent Queen. She did her first negative role in Krrish 3. She is recipient of two National Awards.
She may have ruled many hearts and won several awards, but Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut was an unwanted girl child who grew up constantly being reminded about her ‘unwanted existence’.
On the occasion of the International Women’s Day, Kangana Ranaut demanded that portrayal of women as “selfless” Indian ladies who only care about the happiness of the men in their lives should be stopped as it is regressive.
“My parents had a child before Rangoli, who died within 10 days of his birth. He was called Hero. My parents couldn’t emerge from the loss of that baby boy. But then Rangoli happened and she was taken care of, there was a huge celebration,” the Katti Batti actress told reporters.
Kangana, who has an elder sister Rangoli and a younger brother Akshat, said that her parents could not come to terms with the fact that they had another girl child.
“But when I was born, my parents, my mother especially, couldn’t come to terms with that fact that they had another baby girl. I know these stories in detail because every time a guest visited, or there was a gathering, they repeated this story in front of me that how I was the unwanted child,” Kangana added.
The actress, who has acted in women-oriented films like Queen and Tanu Weds Manu Returns, said it was very hard to be constantly reminded that she was someone who was not “meant” to be in this world. “It’s very hard to live in an environment where you’re reminded, constantly told that your existence just happens to be here…that you are not meant to be here,” she said.
Kangana Ranaut said she never accepted the stereotype that boys are more important than girls, which often led to certain “discomfort” while growing up. “From my side, there was no acceptance to this fact that I am any less than anyone around me. So there was a certain discomfort that I felt growing up that I am not seen as I want to be seen as,” she said.
The “Queen” actress said the glorification of women as “selfless” Indian ladies who only care about the happiness of the men in their lives should be stopped as it is regressive. Quoting a line from her contemporary actress Kalki Koechlin, she said that people should not expect “holier than thou” attitude from women, who are just as equal to men in the society.
“I read Kalki’s quote that we women feel as human as a man, we are no different, we have the same flesh and blood, our challenges are just the same. So to expect this larger-than-life, holier-than-thou sort of existence from us is not possible. We as much want to make our own mistake as a man does,” Kangana Ranaut said while the launch of new cover of Femina magazine.
- Kangana Ranaut Biography (Hindu Times / Bollywood / Goodreadbiography)