Kangana Ranaut revisits Bollywood journey: ‘Never did any conventional films still I’m the top leading actress’

Kangana Ranaut

Kangana Ranaut made her debut in Bollywood 15 years ago with Anurag Basu’s Gangster. In a recent interview, she walked down the memory lane and spoke about her last decade and a half in the industry.

Speaking poignantly about a missed opportunity with ‘The Dirty Picture’, she said “I don’t think I would have done it better than Vidya Balan because she was terrific in that. But yes, sometimes I feel that I didn’t see the potential in that film.” The star revealed that film was offered to her before Vidya.

Talking about her journey and unconventional choice in Bollywood, Kangana shared, “I was not given anything on the platter. A dialogue in my upcoming film goes, ‘If life gave me an ounce, I gave it back a pound’ and similarly, I made so much from my off-beat films! I became a mainstream star from parallel or off-beat films only.”

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“I have completely made the most of my opportunities, multiplied the outcome of my opportunities into another proportion altogether. I have never done one of those conventional films of Rajkumar Hirani or Sanjay Leela Bhansali or even Dharma Productions, YRF or any of the Khans’ films. I have done none of that but still, I’m the top leading actress who has made a name for herself. It is a case study on its own. Though I failed to see the opportunity in The Dirty Picture, I don’t regret it,” Kangana concluded.

Kangana is currently awaiting the release of her upcoming film ‘Thalaivi’, a biopic based on the life of late actor-politician Jayalalithaa. The film’s release was postponed in light of the second wave of COVID-19 in India. The movie will have a theatrical release as soon as the situation allows.

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