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Kangana Ranaut is one of the most popular actresses in Tinseltown. She often makes it to the headlines for her bold nature and unfiltered opinions. Apart from showcasing her acting prowess in popular movies like Queen, Fashion, Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi, she is opinionated and doesn't like mincing her words. From speaking against nepotism in Bollywood to denying working with the Khans, the 'Queen' of Bollywood has always come out strong and fearless. Now, Kangana has shared her experience of facing sexual assault as a child in her show, Lock Upp.
For those who don't know, Kangana Ranaut hosted the show, Lock Upp, a captive reality show where celebrity contestants stay as inmates 24x7 inside the jail and obey what the jailor wants. The show's format also requires the inmates to reveal their darkest secrets on national television to save themselves from elimination, which is why it keeps millions of audiences glued to their television screens.
In a recent episode of Lock Upp, the show's host, Kangana Ranaut revealed a shocking secret of her life and shared her horrible experience of facing sexual assault during her childhood. It began when a contestant on the show, Saisha Shinde was asked to convince someone to reveal their secret to save her. To this, Munawar Faruqui agreed to share his secret and broke down in tears while recalling a similar experience of sexual harassment. He said:
"I was six years old and I was sexually assaulted for several years, till the time that I was an 11-year-old boy. I was sexually assaulted for that time. They were my relatives, two of them and it continued for 4-5 years. I would not understand at the time. It was a close family. It went on for 3-4 years and once it got extreme and then they realised they should stop it."
In the same episode, Kangana Ranaut praised Munawar for opening up publicly. She further recalled her own experience of facing inappropriate touch during childhood. She mentioned:
"So many kids go through this every year but we avoid talking about it on public platforms. All of us go through this, all of us have been inappropriately touched at some point. I have faced this. I was a child and a young boy from our town used to inappropriately touch me. At the time, I did not know what it meant, no matter how protective your family is, all kids go through this."
This is not the first time when Kanaga has opened up against the wrong. She had been vocal about her bitter experiences in the past as well. During the #MeToo movement in 2019, Kangana had talked about the harassment she had faced initially when she had stepped into the industry. She had shared:
"I was pinched on my butt in the middle of a group and that person was right there, looking at me. It was not even sexual, it was like 'I did exactly what I was not supposed to do.' And looking me in the eye like 'what are you going to do now?' So, what do you expect?"
On the professional front, Kangana Ranaut is hosting the Ekta Kapoor produced show, Lock Upp.