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If you can dream it, you can do it! And no matter what the world says to you, all your dreams can turn into reality when you have the courage to pursue it. B-town's Queen, Kangana Ranaut changed the entire scene for women in Bollywood. She won millions of heart with her outspoken attitude and impeccable acting skills. (Recommend Read: Hina Khan-Rocky Jaiswal Enjoy Late-Night Drive, She Pens Emotional Messages For Him [Videos Inside])
To put in one line, her journey from being an outsider to the highest paid actress is quite remarkable. She made her big debut with Gangster (2006) and the world knew she won’t follow the herd walk. And, she proved it all right in the year 2014 with her super-hit film, Queen. It even won Amitabh Bachchan’s praise as well, who sent her a personalised hand-written note with flowers and since then there has been no looking back.
On March 23, 2019, Kangana ringed in her 32nd birthday and her sister, Rangoli Chandel flipped through the old family pictures, and posted a throwback picture of baby Kangana. She took to her official Instagram handle and wrote, “Her soul is made up of wild flowers, that’s why she chose the month of spring, when the earth laughs in bloom!! Happy Birthday to my adorable sister!! Love u a lot #Springbaby #KanganaRanaut”. Take a look at it below:
In a throwback interview with The Telegraph, Kangana had talked about her childhood, and had shared, “What a Bengali family can’t even think of, my family was like that! (Laughs) Back home in the mountains (Kangana hails from Bhambla in Himachal Pradesh), we had no connection with music and dance was considered vulgar. Studying arts was for students who couldn’t make it to medical entrance… the 30 percent types. Jo kuch nahin karte hai woh arts karte hai! (Laughs) Films weren’t considered good. In Himachal, we had very few theatres and people who went there were considered to be shady, and girls could definitely not go.” (Also Read: 'Nimki Mukhiya' Fame Bhumika Gurung Back With Boyfriend, Keith After Their Recent Rumoured Breakup)
She had further added, “So it was a very conservative and stuffy atmosphere. Very patriarchal, with the idea of masculinity being completely warped. When he was a kid, my father would get my brother plastic machine guns and kind of provoke him. One day my brother got beaten up while at a cricket match and he came back crying. My dad told him that he wouldn’t be allowed to come back if he didn’t beat up the boy who had done this! So, children were taught violence.”
Kangana had also shared her Bollywood journey, and had stated, “In Delhi, I was always in the background, but in Mumbai, I came into the forefront. Before Anurag Basu gave me a lead role in Gangster (2006), I did a couple of different assignments. Honestly, I met some horrible people in Mumbai. I was open and inclusive and that went against me. People misguided me and someone I knew put me under house arrest."
She further went on to say, "I had to go to the cops. Even when I joined Bollywood, I found that my lack of English-speaking skills was a big taboo whereas those who came in from London and knew no Hindi got away with it (smiles). I left the environment in Himachal to come to Mumbai and found the same environment! In Bollywood, women are subjected to so much patriarchy; call time comes from the hero, schedules and roles are also decided by the hero… it was exactly as suffocating as it was in my house.” (Don't Miss: Arpita Khan Sharma Shares Pic With Ahil Sharma and Salman Khan, It's Perfect 'Mamu-Bhanja' Moment)
Cheers to this strong lady! Here's wishing Kangana Ranaut a very happy birthday!