Dream catcher

After playing slightly neurotic,emotionally-disturbed characters in a series of films,starting with her debut Gangster,Kangna Ranaut is set to break loose.

Written by Dipti Nagpaul D'souza | Published: January 30, 2011 3:24 am

Kangna Ranaut talks about her life as a small town girl,before she made it big in Mumbai

After playing slightly neurotic,emotionally-disturbed characters in a series of films,starting with her debut Gangster,Kangna Ranaut is set to break loose. The girl has just discovered her funny bone and is willing to exploit it with back-to-back comedies. And even though No Problem didn’t receive the kind of response she hoped for,Ranaut is optimistic about Tanu Weds Manu,a romantic comedy with R Madhavan,which releases next month.

The excitement,she confesses,stems also from the fact that her character Tanuja Trivedi aka Tanu,like herself,has small-town origins. From Kanpur,Tanu moves to big,bad Delhi for higher education,and what that does for her spirit is the part that Ranaut relates to the most. The 23-year-old,originally from Bhambla near Manali in Himachal Pradesh,did her schooling from Chandigarh but attended college in Delhi. She says that it helped her shed inhibitions and evolve her aspirations.

Much of Tanu’s education happened outside of the classroom — she learned that it’s okay for a woman to indulge in a drink every once in a while,use expletives and that women who go on harmless dates are by no means immoral. In short,Tanu rebels against social norms and stereotypes. Ranaut believes rebellion did her a lot of good too in getting to where she is today. “I was the absolute favourite of my grandfather; he spoiled me silly. But then,even during that rather lost phase when I had just arrived in Mumbai and didn’t know what to do with myself,my family,especially my mother,supported my decisions,” recounts the National Award-winner.

Over the years,the actress has also gained a reputation for her experimental,stylish dressing sense. She often pulls off shorts teamed with a lacy blouse at a do where most will be spotted in gowns. The contemporary characters Ranaut has played until now too have been in tandem. Ranaut attributes that to her childhood passion for stylish clothes. “Back home too,my dressing was often considered unique,almost outrageous,” she laughs.

One aspect that sets the actress,known for her cool,chic style,apart from her character is the costumes she sports in the film where an Indian flavour dominates Tanu’s personal style. “Even though it’s a different look I sport,Tanu is like me — her skirt is from Delhi,her kurti from Lucknow and her aviators are a gift from an uncle in London. It’s what I would call young and contemporary.”

Recently,there has been gossip too,about her alleged breast implants and a lip job. Though the diva has always maintained that it’s merely gained weight,this time,she chooses to not comment. “I’m tired of answering the question,” she rues. Her personal life too has come under the scanner plenty of times — her earlier link-ups with veteran actor Aditya Pancholi and then Shekhar Suman’s actor son Adhyayan. The year before last,both Adhyayan and Ranaut had gone to town declaring their undying love for each other. But they probably spoke too soon; the

couple split within a year. The actress doesn’t deny having been in love with him,but asserts that now isn’t the time to look for new love either. If she is like Tanu,would she like an Average Joe like Manu? The actress muses,then retorts,“What’s the point of imagining these things? I can have this whole wishlist and then my heart will fall for someone totally different.”

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