Kangana Ranaut: I am the only rags-to-riches story in Bollywood

Kangana Ranaut recently spoke to a magazine about she being the only rags-to-riches story in Bollywood

Updated on Mar 10, 2017 11:39 AM IST  |  2.8M
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Success didn’t come easy to Kangana Ranaut. After her Bollywood debut with Anurag Basu’s Gangster in 2006, the 29-year-old actress had to toil even harder to get a breakthrough with Madhur Bhandarkar’s critically-acclaimed film Fashion in 2008.

And while Fashion got her the much-awaited recognition and a National Award, Kangana continued to face career fluctuations in spite of her brilliant performance in Anand L. Rai’s Tanu Weds Manu.

The Rangoon star finally received her due as an artist after her blockbuster film Queen in 2014, which as the actress reveals came when she was planning to quit acting.

Says Kangana,“It is ironic that just when I had decided to quit (acting), this happened.”

“Direction was my plan B.  The idea was to gain complete creative control. As an actor, you are supposed to promote a film with conviction, yet one has to sometimes beg to even see the poster before it’s out. Actors are often seen to be interfering in the (film-making) process, “she added.

Talking about her dreamy success story the actress told a leading magazine that she is the only one in Bollywood who has come from the grassroots.

Kangana said, “The places I go to seem like a culmination of five to six lifetimes. I am the only rags-to-riches story. No one comes from the grassroots (in Bollywood).”

Speaking about her struggles in early age Kangana remembers, “There were times when I had no food to eat.  And I was a minor. I’ve been through situations no sane person should."

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5 years ago
Actually what I think she means is she is the only star from rags to become the richest in bollywood. Richest is the word I think she is trying to make a point. She lives in her own world and is delusional, She will be a challenge to any shrink to treat her.