In a world of mannequins, giant turnover male-centric movies, sugar coated greetings and never talked about nepotism; Bollywood and world saw the rise of an unconventional Queen – Kangana Ranaut. Casting aside a few movies, Ranaut is mostly appraised for her bold and sexy avatars. Whether it is the obsessive lover Alka from Revolver Rani or the swagger Datto from Tanu Weds Manu Returns; from the seductive Kaya in Krissh 3 to the much beloved Rani in Queen – she has won innumerable hearts as well as National Awards for her impeccable acting and untraditional sassy characters.
A reason why Kangana has successfully pulled off each of her feisty characters is that somewhere she is the same person off screen. All her co-actors, directors and media remain witness to the fact that Kangana has never deterred from speaking her heart out. She openly labelled Karan Johar as the ‘flag bearer of nepotism’ in Bollywood; considered Johar has actually given breaks to several star kids.
But later, when Karan returned the courtesy on the sage of 2017 IIFA awards, Kangana brought up that same honesty to apologise to Karan: “I don’t know what was I thinking. This man has been nothing but nice to me and I behaved so badly with him. To be very frank, the success of my films went to my head and I forgot that Karan Johar had given to me one of the most films of my career, Ungli.”
Society has always been uncomfortable when a woman is opinionated and vocal about her views. Kangana’s honest-self has dragged her into many controversies where she has been slut shamed, victimised and abused as a witch, attention seeker, misfit and a lot more. But the born rebel has always faced such controversies with an uncanny confidence. This confidence comes from within because Kangana knows that unlike several actresses, she has made it to the top on her own terms and hard work. And very few patriarchs like seeing a confident, independent woman making her own impression.
On the flip side, there are people who simply love the unapologetic beauty and are willing to cast her in movies because of the very confidence she has always shown. Director Hansal Mehta, who is directing Kangana for her upcoming movie Simran, says, “There is an honesty about her that is unnerving in(sic) a time when we are busy on the next manipulation to achieve our short term goals. The confidence she shows is of (sic)a solid human being.”
On a characteristic note, if we were to place the lives of Rani and Kangana side by side, we can see the subtle resemblances. Both the small town girls have proved that women don’t need men or marriage to complete their lives or achieve their goals. Women don’t need kings to realize that they are Queens.
“… Now that I am my own hero on the sets, why should I work with other heroes?” And with this statement, she takes off to play the role of legendary queen Rani Lakshmi Bai. And is perhaps the very reason why Kangana is yet to star in another female lead movie Rani Lakshmi Bai
No wonder Kangana Ranaut remains the iconic force that inspires people to always find their inner Queens and stand up for it.