It takes more than controversy, legal notices and accusations of black magic to bog down Kangana Ranaut. She is a tough and strong woman who is not afraid to show it.
In interviews the Bollywood actor gave after receiving her third National Award for Tanu Weds Manu Returns, Kangana addressed her legal spat with Hrithik Roshan, the slut-shaming she has faced and the accusations of black magic levelled by Adhyayan Suman and his father Shekhar.
Here are some statements that prove that among so many leading actors, Kangana is a real hero.
On the Hrithik controversy…
The recent turn of events in my life have shocked me. It has been overwhelming and unsettling for me also. I was probably prepared for everything. But I wasn’t prepared for this. This has brought about a different side of our society. It is very hard to come to terms with this kind of suppression, this sort of name-calling, this kind of witch-hunt mentality in the 21st century.
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On the black magic accusations...
When they’re jealous of a woman’s success, the first thing she becomes is a daayan. If she’s crazily successful, she becomes a psychopath. If she’s sexually active, she becomes a whore. I’ve played a whore on screen, and my close interaction with prostitutes has allowed me to be extremely empathetic to them. So it doesn’t work on me. Witches - I love Shakespeare, and like any other artist, I’m also smitten by witches, or faeries, or demons, or Gods, or mysticism, or romanticism. It doesn’t scare me.
On her alleged mental illness
It doesn’t upset me, because I’m an artist and I’ve closely researched people who’ve dealt with mental illnesses, and I don’t find anything upsetting, gross, or degrading about fighting with a mental illness, which a certain portion of the media is trying to suggest - to humiliate a woman, you can use mental illness. It won’t work. I have played a schizophrenic, I’ve played a bipolar patient on screen… and I don’t see anything humiliating when they call me a psychopath, a bitch, or a whore.
On feeding ‘impure blood’ to Adhyayan Suman
What about my menstrual blood? People in the country are discussing my periods. It’s not an appetiser or cocktail. Even to suggest that it is used for making food is not acceptable. What’s so gross about our period blood? Why do we need to tell our women that period blood is gross? If a man’s body fluid doesn’t cast a spell when it is consumed in any way, why should a woman’s body fluid do?
On being a feminist
That tag sits a little heavy on me. Right now, that tag seems a bit superficial on me. I haven’t done anything significant to deserve this. I wouldn’t want to pretend I’m doing something for the society when I’m not. The day I do, I’d take pride in that. I wouldn’t want to take credit for something I’m not intentionally doing.
On being accepted by Bollywood
Why should Bollywood accept me? I should accept Bollywood. I don’t care if Bollywood has accepted me. I don’t seek acceptance. I don’t need to live up to anybody’s expectations. I don’t feel bad about people don’t standing up for me. I never expected anyone to stand up for me. I’ve always stood up for my own self. Why should anyone else stand up for me?
On working with the Khans
In the beginning, I wanted to have a conventional, very easy route where I can work with big heroes and be a big heroine. Now I get a lot of offers to work with the Khans. When I wanted work, nobody was ready to work with me. Now that I’m my own hero on the sets, why should I work with other heroes?
And the clincher
Women can kill with success and sarcasm, why use hands? Sometimes you have bad days, but then you have cupcakes.
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