CANDID: Kangana Ranaut (left) with her Tanu Wed Manu Returns co-stars
She may be on an incredible roll right now, but Kangana Ranaut gave a damning verdict about Bollywood, saying the film fraternity still made her feel like an outsider.
Despite being massively in demand, Kangana said she wasn’t getting the same level of support from fellow stars. “Some people like Mr Bachchan (Amitabh) and Aamir (Khan) have always supported me while some have given me stepmotherly treatment. I guess it’s because I’m not a social butterfly, not even on social media. I was never expected to make it as I was the outsider. I was mocked and ridiculed. But I made it without a film starring the Khans,” said Kangana.
The actress said she turns down roles with A-list stars because they don’t give her equal opportunities and is instead concentrating more on performance orientated roles. She described talks of her alleged rivalry with Deepika Padukone as ‘popcorn’ and said she had no personal relationship with her.
However, Kangana is confident about her forthcoming films. They include romantic comedy Katti Batti opposite Imran Khan, which she described as a “love story you’ve never seen before”. She will also be starring alongside Saif Ali Khan and Shahid Kapoor in director Vishal Bhardwaj’s Second World War romance Rangoon for which she will go to New York to do research.
Talking about playing the lead role in acclaimed director Hansal Mehta’s film Simran, Kangana said: “It’s about a Gujarati girl who heads out to California and gets involved in small-time criminal activities. It’s the story of a mother and daughter, their love.”
The popular star is enjoying amazing success, having followed up winning all the major acting awards for Queen earlier this year with super hit film Tanu Weds Manu Returns. Kangana said the secret of her recent success was not following trends and going her own way. “I enjoy the challenge of coming up with something new rather than being stuck in a fish tank,” she said.
According to Kangana, being in control of their libido is the best thing that can happen to a person. The award-winning actress said she was happy being single and had used heartbreaks in her life to grow as an individual.
“I know the pain of a break-up, what it’s like to be without work and food, to fail repeatedly. Some days I asked myself why I was the ‘unlucky one’. But I didn’t lose heart even when I was left with a broken heart. My troubles have made me a better person.”