Stardom comes with its own price and Kangana Ranaut’s rising career forms the perfect example for this. The success of her movies – ‘Queen’ and ‘Tanu Weds Manu Returns’ – has come coupled with various rumours regarding her relationship with her contemporaries, starry tantrums and turning down movies with superstars.
But Kangana, who has carved out a niche for herself in the industry, minces no words in saying that some people have actually given her a step motherly treatment. In a tell-all interview with Mumbai Mirror, the talented actress tells how all the talk about her and Deepika is just ‘popcorn’ and how she has done more B-grade films than any A-list actor has ever done.
Kangana says, “At 18, I wanted to work with the creme de la creme because I thought that was the only way to be successful. But I don’t think any A-lister has done as many B-grade films as I have. Today, all I want is 50:50 on paper.”
Point taken but does she rue not being as popular an actress as her contemporaries are? Kangana Ranaut replies, “Some people like Mr Bachchan (Amitabh) and Aamir (Khan) have always supported me while some have given me stepmotherly treatment.”
“I guess it’s because I’m not a social butterfly, not even on social media. I was never expected to make it as I was the outsider, not the Next Big Thing from the industry. I was mocked and ridiculed. But I made it without a film starring the Khans,” she adds.
Apart from her movies and acting repertoire, the one thing that’s always talked about is her ‘Katti Batti’ relationship with actress Deepika Padukone, but Kangana says, it’s all ‘popcorn’.
She quips, “Deepika’s a sweet girl but I have no personal equation with her. I’ve heard she’s dedicated an award to me and called me for the Piku trial. I invited her to the screening of TWMR but she couldn’t make it. That’s it! Talk about us is harmless. I’ve had far more harmful charges levelled against me. This is just popcorn!”
Recently, it was also reported that Kangana has turned down the offer to star opposite Salman Khan in YRF’s ‘Sultan’. On being asked about this, she replies, “When you are doing larger-thanlife films with superstars you don’t get equal opportunities. Roles are written for them because the audience goes to watch them. But I want a role which is of equal importance.”
“It’s easy to get your way if you flutter your lashes but a woman with a mind of her own is threatening. I realised that after TWMR,” the strong-headed Kangana signs off.