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Kangana Ranaut: Karan Johar, Rakesh Roshan, Ketan Mehta singled me out; but it did not go anywhere!

Kangana Ranaut talks about standing up for herself, as she gears up for her upcoming historical biopic Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi

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Kangana Ranaut is known for her feisty personal takes as much as she is known for her strong portrayal of characters professionally on the big screen. And at times it’s difficult to say if she’s bolder on reel or braver in real life. Always the one to stand up for herself, she shares that it’s important to make your voice heard and address what’s wrong. Admitting to feeling cornered at one point, she said to a daily, “I did feel cornered after Simran’s failure. Filmmakers Karan Johar, Ketan Mehta, and Rakesh Roshan singled me out for criticism. The industry was having intense meetings to put me in my place. Aditya Pancholi filed a case and Rakesh Roshan continued to say he would reveal something. However, all of this did not go anywhere.”

However, Kangana believes that over the years, people have come to resonate and identify with her. Kangana reportedly said, “People resonate and identify with me. When the whole nepotism thing happened, Karan Johar went on record and apologized to me. When I began shooting Manikarnika, there were never ending open letters. When I faced uneasy accusations from one quarter and I was sent a notice, there was an outrage. Though I was not a big star, and I was having this conflict with a co-actor, I did find people supporting me.”

At a recent media interaction, when Kangana was asked about identifying herself with Rani Lakshmi Bai – who she plays in Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi – in real life, she revealed, “Her life was very extreme. It would be naive of me to say I identify with her life or to say that my life is similar to that of hers. We are born in free India. Our issues are, jaise kehte hain na, ‘amiron ki gambhir samasyaaien’. In those days, there were real problems. The way she struggled, or even how unfortunate her death was! It’s too much for us to realise its intensity. We can fight cases openly, we have a proper constitution. But someone throwing you out of your palace, or for that matter from your land because they think they can grab your wealth, is unthinkable!”

Kangana continues, “Jhansi was one of the princely states at that time, especially a Hindu princely state and perhaps the richest. So they had very real issues. But I do identify with her spirit. And that is perhaps what I’ve tried to convey. If I am tested, I don’t know to what extent, but not giving up, standing for what I feel and having a voice is definitely what I identify with.”

Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi – directed by Krish and Kangana Ranaut and produced by Zee Studios in association with Kamal Jain, releases on January 25, in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu languages simultaneously

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