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Why Kangana Ranaut’s talk with Shabnam Mahmood is something you can’t miss


Much has been said about Kangana Ranaut changing the face of the Indian film industry. Her struggle as an actor hailing from a small town is known to most. Her rise against the hurdles has made her the eloquent woman who if anything knows how to seek lessons from the hardest of times.

She recently represented India at The World Summit in London. She was interviewed by BBC news reporter Shabnam Mahmood with whom Ranaut shared a condensed version of her story so far. Her stance on life extends beyond boundaries of career, individuality and gender. Read carefully.

On being her own hero
“My father had a lot of expectation from my brother and I wanted to be that person, who he could be proud of, who could be her own hero. “

When asked what made her break out of her parent’s protective bubble
“That quest, that understanding of your own self, that confidence that you carry in your own self, to be a lot more than you are.”

On arriving in Mumbai
“It was no fairytale, it was quite harsh.”

On surviving without a fallback
“I ended up sleeping on the pavement, I didn’t have food to eat and my father called to ask if I had learnt my lesson and I said no, you get ready to learn yours!”

On surviving a series of unfortunate events
“Mine is an ordinary story of struggle, where a string of incidents or rather accidents kept taking place and I was like am I in bad dream or something?”

On being outspoken
“I honestly don’t know how to be any other way!”

On taking a stand against someone else’s perception of you
“My parents saw me as someone else, as a liability and that didn’t change my understanding of my abilities and self. When I came to Mumbai they thought I was this weird village woman with a strange accent. But I didn’t see myself as that.”

On changing the face of beauty
“I am a lot more than my appearance or my age or my colour or my hair. These are things that will never change and will I want to hide that? ”

On breaking the glass ceiling
“I come across people who are like, “What do you need money for?” and I am like, “Why are you making a movie?”

On the Bollywood film industry
“Yes it’s true Bollywood film do objectify women. Not all but some of them do.”

On crimes against women
“Why single out India? Feminine as a kindness, as a quality is seen as weakness. We need to respect feminine as an emotion not try and suppress or crush it. History is witness that in the past that if anything could conquer the darkest and the deepest corners of a soul it has been feminine. We need to change the perception that if you see a beautiful women who can’t be acquired then we must destroy her.”

On the power of films
“Cinema is a beautiful medium that is also very powerful if we can implant ideas in minds that can grow into significant things.”

On the bottomline
“I don’t think we need anyone’s approval about what we do as actresses. It’s a lot more important for women to accept themselves as opposed to others accepting them. Others opinion of you will always shift. As women we don’t have to hope we get our due, we have to go and get it ourselves.”


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