Kangana Ranaut, the name is always pronounced a bang. The lady proves again and again that she is the one and only sassy queen of Bollywood. She breaks the rule of Hindi film industry and makes her own. Her ultimate carefree nature reflects in her comments on sexism, nepotism and many other banned topics. She is the queen who can carry the whole movie on her shoulders and make it box-office success. Her continuous experiments with roles rarely go wrong and three national awards in her kitty prove it. She never takes a back step to speak her mind. She is actually ‘Fearless Nadia’ in her real life too. Slamming Karan Johar with her nepotism remark or making a war of words on Twitter with her ‘silly ex’ Hrithik Roshan; she never stopped her from being in her own self.
Today as the star is turning 33 years old, we make a compilation of the sassiest remarks on her life, Bollywood and everything.
- On her Family life:
“I come from a middle-class family, and my parents weren’t too supportive of my career choices… My father slapped me for the first time at 15 and I told him, ‘If you slap me I will slap you back.”
- On her troublesome relation with Aditya Pancholi
“When this man who used to be my father’s age, he hit me so hard that my head was…I fell on my head on the floor and it started to bleed. I must have been 17 or something. I picked up my sandal and I hit his head hard and it started to bleed as well. That day I thought I am actually a born fighter, it made me a total badass.”
- On Gender Discrepancy in Bollywood
“Forget the credit, they take all the money as well. We don’t get paid even one-third of what male actors get. It’s not so much about the money, but it’s about (being a) woman.”
- Early Struggle In This English Speaking Page 3 Society
“ When I started out, I was treated like a dog. People in the industry treated me like I didn’t deserve to be spoken to and I was some unwanted object. I couldn’t speak English fluently and people made fun of me for that. So dealing with rejection became a part of life. I may have had hits, but till date I’ve never worked with a Shah Rukh Khan or an Akshay Kumar, or Aamir or Salman. I have made my career out of leftovers and rejects of other actresses. All that has taken a toll, I guess. I find it hard to deal with praise. Today, when people say that I have made it and made it on my own, I feel like locking up myself somewhere… It scares me.
- On ‘Best Friend’ status in Bollywood
“When one says ‘just good friends’, it means they are f**k buddies.”
- On Being Called Mental Ill
It doesn’t upset me, because I’m an artist and I’ve closely researched people who’ve dealt with mental illnesses, and I don’t find anything upsetting, gross, or degrading about fighting with a mental illness, which a certain portion of the media is trying to suggest – to humiliate a woman, you can use mental illness. It won’t work. I have played a schizophrenic, I’ve played a bipolar patient on screen… and I don’t see anything humiliating when they call me a psychopath, a bitch, or a whore.
- On Bollywood
“Why should Bollywood accept me? I should accept Bollywood. I don’t care if Bollywood has accepted me. I don’t seek acceptance. I don’t need to live up to anybody’s expectations.”
- On tagged Feminist
“That tag sits a little heavy on me. Right now, that tag seems a bit superficial on me. I haven’t done anything significant to deserve this. I wouldn’t want to pretend I’m doing something for the society when I’m not. The day I do, I’d take pride in that. I wouldn’t want to take credit for something I’m not intentionally doing.
- On Her Silly Ex
“Many lame rumours are doing rounds, even a dumb ass can tell where these rumours are coming from. I don’t know why exes do silly things to get your attention. For me, that chapter is over and I don’t dig graves.”
- And Finally On Nepotism
“In my biopic, if it is ever made, you will play the stereotypical villain. One who is intolerant of outsiders.. the flag-bearer of nepotism in Bollywood and movie mafia.”