25 July, 2021

The Girl Who Has Kicked A Hornet’s Nest

She is a bit of her characters, and unlike any of them. Kangana is style and substance. And rooted, to boot.

The Girl Who Has Kicked A Hornet’s Nest

The first thing that catches your eye in Kangana Ranaut’s ruggedly designed living room in suburban Khar is its unmistakable out-of-doors feel and a big fat cushion that rests on a couch in the midst of some nondescript pillows. It stands out for a message written on it in bold: “Maybe some women aren’t meant to be tamed. Maybe they need to run free until they find someone just as wild to run with them.” It’s not hard to guess that it spells out the guiding principle of its free-spirited owner and would ring a bell with many other such ladies of the unfettered ilk.

Kangana is running free and wild at the box office at the moment. The irrepressible dash of Tanu Weds Manu Returns (TWMR) is currently the big story in Bollywood. What’s most remarkable is that she has managed to do this on her own terms. It has not just been about being the quintessential outsider in the incestuous, closed world of the Hindi film industry but also about exercising unconventional choices when it comes to the films and roles and then...

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