Kangana Ranaut Didn’t Have The Money To Go To Singapore And Accept Her Debut Award. 14 Years Later, She’s Come So Far.
We often go through life treating it like a race – against each other and against time. Our sense of happiness and success is often measured by how well we are doing compared to others. You wonder if your contemporaries are making more money than you or if they will get married before you. We keep a checklist and continue to plot ourselves on it. But that’s not how you should measure success. In fact, it’s more about how far you’ve come. And Kangana Ranaut has come a long way.
Kangana Ranaut’s debut movie Gangster completed 14 years yesterday and with that, she’s also celebrating her 14th anniversary in the industry. She’s no longer the naïve, young girl who was struggling to just get herself through. Today, she is the Queen of Bollywood. She is one of the highest-paid actresses in the industry but it wasn’t always this way.
Though her talent was appreciated in the first movie itself, she didn’t quite have the money back then. Which is why she couldn’t be present in Singapore to accept the Filmfare award for the best female debut that year. “I had no idea that I was nominated. When the team was leaving for the event, they asked me about my travel plans. I had no idea how to go to Singapore, where to stay, and I was too embarrassed to even ask my crew about ticket prices. So I missed that opportunity. When I won, Bobby Singh, DOP of Gangster and Queen, who is sadly no more, called and said he is getting my trophy. I was thrilled and it’s one of my fondest memories,” Kangana revealed.
It’s heart-warming to see how far she has come in her career. In an earlier interview with Mumbai Mirror, she had opened up about her struggles back then. “I was just 19, on the threshold of a bright career, when the attack (acid attack on her sister Rangoli) happened and it was a long, hard struggle to deal with this kind of perverse, sexist cruelty. Financially too, I was not strong back then. Girls around me would feel depressed by a bad hair day or because a meal was not to their liking. I was grappling with something far more real and yet had no time to sit and cry.”
Kangana said she was accepting tacky films just to make some more money for her sister Rangoli’s treatment. “I did tacky films, took on roles I did not deserve, accepted guest appearances, so my sister could be treated by the best surgeon in India. It took 54 surgeries,” she said.
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However, with films like Tanu Weds Manu and Queen, Kangana carved a niche for herself, securing a spot on top of the list. In fact, she also went ahead to start her own production house called Manikarnika. She will next be seen in Jayalalithaa, a biopic on former Tamil Nadu chief minister.