Kangana Ranaut is a Bollywood actress, who is of late been at the forefront in making the female leads as the driving force of the movie with the likes of Tanu Weds Manu series and Queen. Born in Himachal Pradesh, this small time model rose to fame with Gangster, her debut movie in 2006. A two-time National Award winner, she has essayed many emotionally intense characters in dramas like Woh Lamhe, Life in a… Metro, Fashion and many more. Considered as a style icon in India, she has also featured on the cover pages of various magazines.
Kangana Ranaut Early Life
Kangana was born on 23rd March 1986 at Surajpur in the Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh to parents Asha and Amardeep Ranaut. Her father was a businessman and her mother was a school teacher who had three children. Kangana’s elder sister Rangoli works as her manager and they have a younger brother named Akshat. Kangana grew up in a joint family at their Haveli in Surajpur where she had a simple and happy childhood.
Kangana was very stubborn and rebellious while growing up. She often questioned the discrimination between boys and girls and did not subscribe to any stereotypes. She also experimented with fashion and often paired up clothes and accessories that seemed bizarre to her neighbours.
Kangana Ranaut Family
Kangana Ranaut Family Mother
Kangana was born in Himachal Pradesh to Asha Ranaut who was a schoolteacher and Amardeep Ranaut, a businessman. Along with brother Akshit Ranaut, she also has a sister named Rangoli who is an acid attack victim and currently manages Kangana’s work. Kangana fell apart with her father after she decided to pick a career in acting but reconciled with him after the success of ‘Life in a…..Metro’.
Kangana Ranaut Career
In 2004, Ramesh Sharma and Pahlaj Nihalani were producing a film called ‘I Love You Boss’ and decided to cast Kangana in it. In 2005 an agent took her to meet Mahesh Bhatt and Anurag Basu where she auditioned for the lead role in ‘Gangster’. Mahesh Bhatt found Kangana too young for the role and decided to cast Chitrangada Singh. Kangana eventually got the role when Chitrangada was unavailable to do the film, hence opting out of ‘I Love You Boss’. Kangana played the role of an alcoholic woman caught in a love triangle between Shiney Ahuja and Emraan Hashmi, she was only seventeen when she was filming. The film released in 2006 and her performance was praised by critics and audiences. She won the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut along with other debut awards.
Kangana’s next role was in Mohit Suri’s ‘Woh Lamhe’ which was a semi-biographical film based on the life of the actress Parveen Babi, her journey with schizophrenia and her relationship with the director Mahesh Bhatt. The film performed poorly at the box office despite positive reviews and playing this character was emotionally draining for Kangana.
In 2007, she played a musician in ‘Shakalaka Boom Boom’ alongside Upen Patel, Bobby Deol, and Celina Jaitley. The film did not perform well as there were problems between Kangana and director Suneel Darshan during its production. She reunited with Anurag Basu for ‘Life in a… Metro’ where she played the role of Neha, a girl who has an affair with her married boss. For this role, Kangana won the Stardust Award for Breakthrough Performance - Female.
In the next year, she starred in the Madhur Bhandarkar multi starrer film ‘Fashion’ alongside Priyanka Chopra and Mughda Godse where the story was set against the backdrop of the Fashion Industry. Kangana portrayed the role of a supermodel who was dealing with substance abuse and a steady decline in her career. This performance earned her several nominations and awards including the National Film Award and the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress.
Kangana’s first release of 2009 was ‘Raaz: The Mystery Continues’ directed by Mohit Suri on the sets of which she met co-star Adhyayan Suman and started a romantic relationship with him which lasted for a year. She then appeared in a brief role in ‘Kites’ which starred Hrithik Roshan. Kangana claimed that she felt cheated after watching the film as her role had been cut much shorter than what she signed on for. She then portrayed a fictional film actress in the Milan Luthria directorial ‘Once Upon a Time in Mumbai’ which also starred Ajay Devgn, Emraan Hashmi, and Prachi Desai. The film became one of the most successful films of the year and received positive reviews.
In 2011, Kangana starred in ‘Tanu Weds Manu’ opposite R. Madhavan and considers this film a game changer for her. She received many Best Actress nominations and her performance was praised by critics. In the same year, she starred in films like ‘Double Dhamaal’, ‘Rascals’, ‘Game’ and ‘Miley Na Miley Hum’, all of which were critical failures and did not perform well at the box-office with the exception of ‘Double Dhamaal’.
In 2013, Kangana was criticized for her role in ‘Shootout at Wadala’ where she did not get much scope. She then achieved success after portraying the role of Kaya in ‘Krrish 3’ with Hrithik Roshan and Priyanka Chopra. Kangana had declined the role at first after her disappointment with Hrithik and Rakesh Roshan with her role in ‘Kites’ but she later on agreed when Rakesh promised her that she will be playing a prominent role. The film became one of the highest grossing hindi films of the year and Kangana’s most commercially successful film.
In 2014, Ranaut established herself in the Hindi Film Industry with the film ‘Queen’ which also starred Rajkummar Rao and Lisa Haydon. Kangana also served as one of the dialogue writers of the film which was a box office hit and also earned Kangana the National Film Award and Filmfare Award for Best Actress.
The following year, Kangana starred in ‘Tanu Weds Manu Returns’ a sequel to ‘Tanu Weds Manu’ where she portrayed dual roles. The film became one of the highest grossing films of the year. She won the Filmfare Critics Award and her second, consecutive National Film Award for Best Actress.
Kangana appeared in the film ‘Rangoon’ after a year of absence from the big screen. The film was directed by Vishal Bharadwaj and starred Saif Ali Khan and Shahid Kapoor and even though Kangana’s performance was praised by the critics, the film failed to perform at the box-office. She also starred in the film ‘Simran’ which released on 15th September to mixed response from the audience.
Though her performance was appreciated, the film ended up as an average grosser. She has started preparation for her role in ‘Manikarnika- The Queen of Jhansi’ which is a biopic of Rani Laxmibai. This film is being directed by Krish a renowned director from South India who also directed a Bollywood film 'Gabbar Is Back' with Akshay Kumar in the lead role. ‘Mahakarnika- The Queen of Jhansi’ has story provided by Vijayendra Prasad, who is the story writer for India's biggest blockbusters 'Baahubali' and 'Bhajrangi Bhaijaan'. The film is a high budget historical drama which will have extensive VFX shots and graphics. Kangana will be seen in a warrior queen role in the film and will perform sword fights etc., for which she took training for few weeks. She was injured while shooting for the film.
Apart from acting Kangana has tried her luck in writing and direction. She directed a short film 'The Touch' with Australina actors and it is expected to be released soon.
Kangana Ranaut Awards
Kangana Ranaut has won a lot of awards in her career but the actress has made it clear that she does not believe in award functions.
Year Movie Category Award Name 2007 Gangster Best Actress Debut Filmfare 2007 Gangster Best Actress Debut IIFA 2007 Gangster Most Promising Newcomer Screen Awards 2007 Gangster Superstar of Tomorrow- Female Stardust 2008 Life in a ...Metro Breakthrough Performance- Female Stardust 2009 Fashion Best Supporting Actress Filmfare 2009 Fashion Best Supporting Actress IIFA 2009 Fashion Best Supporting Actress National Film Awards 2015 Queen Best Actress FIlmfare 2015 Queen Best Actress IIFA 2015 Queen Best Actress National Film Awards 2016 TWMR Critics Choice for Best Actress Filmfare 2016 TMWR Best Actress National Film Awards
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Kangana Ranaut Education
Kangana studied at the DAV School in Chandigarh where she was very studious and paranoid about results. Initially, she wanted to become a doctor after her parents insisted her, but after she failed a chemistry test in the 12th Grade, she decided to reconsider her career path and did not turn up for the ALL INDIA PRE MEDICAL TEST and moved to Delhi at the age of sixteen. This led to constant fights with her parents and eventually, her father refused to sponsor her further education in a path that he considered to be aimless.
In Delhi, she took on a few modeling assignments for the Elite Modelling Agency but disliked the job as there was no scope for creativity. She shifted focus towards acting and joined the Asmita theatre group and participated in director Arvind Gaur’s theatre workshops and acted in a few of his plays. During one of these plays, a male actor went missing and Kangana played his part along with her own role of a woman. This garnered a positive response from the audience and she moved to Mumbai to pursue a career in film where she joined Asha Chandra’s acting school.
Kangana Ranaut Endorsements
Kangana Ranaut Trivia & Facts
- Anurag Basu spotted Kangana at a coffee shop and became so impressed with her that he offered her a role in ‘Gangster’
- She is a vegetarian and was featured as 'India’s Hottest Vegetarian' by PETA in the year 2013
- Wore an ‘Alice in Wonderland’ sweatshirt in her film ‘Queen’ as it was based on the book
- Is a trained Kathak Dancer
- Her mother wanted Kangana to get married at the age of 16 and was kicked out of her house for wanting to join the glamour Industry
- Does not watch TV shows
- Her first crush was the English footballer David Beckham
- Dreams of owning a farmhouse in Shimla after retirement
- One of the youngest actresses to win the National Film Award at the age of 22
- Started as a theater actor in Delhi
- Was conscious about her poor command over the English Language when she first started
- Lives with her sister Rangoli who is an acid attack victim
- Visited the Delhi University Campus regularly in disguise to prepare for her role in ‘Tanu Weds Manu Returns’
- Is a Feminist and opposes Nepotism
- She is a practicing Hindu and follows the teachings of Swami Vivekananda
Kangana Ranaut Affairs
Kangana’s first Bollywood affair was with Aditya Pancholi. The two got involved in a romantic relationship despite the fact that Aditya was married and 20 years older to Kangana. The relationship ended when Kangana filed a FIR against Pancholi for breaking into her house and subjecting her to physical abuse.
After Aditya Pancholi, Kangana got involved with Adhyayan Suman, the son of Shekhar Suman when they met on the sets of ‘Raaz’. This relationship ended after a year when Suman decided to focus on his career.
Kangana allegedly dated British doctor Nicholas Rafferty and he visited her in Mumbai quite often but this long distance relationship did not last very long.
Kangana also dated Hrithik Roshan while he was waiting for a divorce with his then wife Susanne Khan. This became one of the most controversial relationships of Kangana’s career.
Kangana Ranaut Controversies
Hrithik Roshan and Rakesh Roshan
In 2016, Kangana created controversy when she claimed to have dated Hrithik Roshan when he was waiting for a divorce with his wife Susanna Khan and also called him a “silly ex” but both Hrithik and his father Rakesh Roshan denied this and sent a legal notice to Kangana asking her to apologize. Kangana responded with her own notice asking the actor to take his notice back and a lot of Bollywood actresses stood in support for her.
Kangana brought this controversy to light again in 2017 when she spoke against her exes in a Television interview and claimed that the lawsuit was just to cover up their affair for Hrithik’s divorce proceedings.
Aditya Pancholi and Zarina Wahab
Kangana had dated Aditya Pancholi when she was struggling as an actress even though Pancholi was married. Kangana filed and FIR against Pancholi for domestic violence and breaking into her house and spoke ill about him. Pancholi decided to sue her and his wife Zarina Wahab also denied allegations that she refused to help Kangana.
In August of 2017, Kangana locked horns with Apurva Asrani over the writing credits of ‘Simran’. Apurva had slammed Kangana for “snatching the hard work of a writer” after the first poster of the film was released which gave Kangana the first writing credit. Kangana spoke about this at the trailer launch and said that the poster has been changed and Apurva had been given his due credit.
When asked to comment on this, Apurva said that he does not want to speak about this as the poster was changed and the media should not instigate either party to fight with the other but Kangana rekindled this controversy when she said in a TV interview that Apurva has gotten his five minutes of fame due to this controversy.
On his talk show ‘Koffee With Karan’, Kangana called Karan Johar the “flag bearer of nepotism” and has raised the issue of nepotism in most of her interviews. She also recalls working with Karan on the film ‘Ungli’ as the worst experience of her life and decided to never work with him again.
Aap Ki Adaalat
In September of 2017, Kangana revealed details about her love life and attacked her ex-boyfriends on Rajat Sharma’s ‘Aap Ki Adaalat’.
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