Kangana Ranaut who shot to fame with the movie ‘Gangster’ for the role she played in movie has had to see a lot of ups and downs in her career since she didn’t wat to be just an eye candy in her films.
Kangna has been constantly on the look out 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.