The Indian film industry has a majority of diplomats who are afraid to express their opinion on what is happening in India and worry about the backlash on social media. They may play a hero or heroine with great virtues in films but are diametrically opposite in their real lives. Today’s audience has understood the difference between real heroes of the country than reel heroes on screen. The actors are only entertainers but after Sushant Singh Rajput’s death on June 14, we expected the bigwigs of the industry to speak out. This was about their own film industry. We have a few of them raising voices for a CBI Inquiry after fans’ furore.
Kangana Ranaut has come bravely forward and have spoken on the functioning of Bollywood on public platforms and enlightened the public. She has spoken about nepotism, groupism, favoritism and unfair award ceremonies in the industry. Her latest interview with Arnab Goswami on Republic TV has opened lot of secrets on how this industry functions. She has in detail explained the logic behind Sushant Singh Rajput taking such a drastic step to end his life. She is taking the bigwigs of the industry by horns and this eventually could affect her own career. We do not see many big heroes working opposite her in films but she is still progressing in her career. She has interesting films like ‘Thalaivi’ and ‘Dhakkad’ lined up.
In an interview with the Times of India, she argued why she is totally for justice in Sushant Singh Rajput’s case and why outsiders with different kinds of personalities and talent, should also be accepted.
We have always seen Kangana Ranaut to be outspoken and not afraid to break rules. Her strong personality makes her the Iron Lady of Bollywood. She is a proven actor with three National Film Awards in her kitty – Best Supporting Actress for ‘Fashion’ (2008), Best Actress for ‘Queen’ (2014) and ‘Tanu Wed Manu Returns’ (2015). She debuted her Bollywood career with Anurag Basu‘s Gangster’ in 2006 at the age of nineteen only. Despite being a non-trained actor, she delivered an excellent performance and this fetched her the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut.
In her fifteen-year-old career, she has a great body of work to be proud of with films like ‘Gangster’ (2006), ‘Woh Lamhe’ (2006), ‘Life In A… Metro’ (2007), ‘Fashion’ (2008), ‘Raaz: The Mystery Continues’ (2009), ‘Once Upon a Time in Mumbai’ (2010), ‘Tanu Weds Manu’ (2011), ‘Krrish 3’ (2013), ‘Shootout at Wadala’ (2013). ‘Queen’ (2014), ‘Tanu Weds Manu Returns’ (2015), ‘Manakarnika: The Queen of Jhansi’ (2019) and ‘Panga’ (2020).
Kangana has not worked with any big heroes in her career but still has become a big star actor on her own merit. She is the main attraction or star of her films. Even actresses like Deepika Padukone, Katrina Kaif, Sonakshi Sinha and Anushka Sharma cannot boast of this. Her versatility as an actress landed her a variety of roles and films. We have seen many ups and downs in her career and in between she has done a few bad films, like everyone else, where her character was not properly written. However, despite all the odds, she has acquired respect as an actress and has built a strong personality with her own mind and opinions.
She took on filmmaker Karan Johar on his television show ‘Koffee with Karan’ calling him a flag bearer of nepotism. There is a hard truth to it. Dharma Productions’ best films go to star kids’ actors and we have not seen many outsiders debuting as heroes or heroines in their productions. Many would not have heard of the word ‘nepotism’ before that.
During the interview with Arnab Goswani on Republic TV, she had also shared her experiences and challenges she had faced and in her view, the film industry could be very ruthless to outsiders.
The public wants a positive change in the functioning of the film industry for outsiders. The treatment must be equal for star kids or outsiders and special preferential treatment should not be allowed. Auditioning for every role should be made mandatory by all production houses for all actors. Furthermore, the production house cannot have a clause for actors not working on other production films without their consent.
Kangana Ranaut has received praise from Sonu Nigam and Shatrughan Sinha lately. Clearly, she is a crusader of modern times and she will not stop here – whatever be her real intentions behind all what she is fighting for.
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