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I wasn't asked to put on weight: Kangna

From the time, the actor started shooting for the film, there has been buzz that she was told to gain weight to fit into the role of a Punjabi girl. Kangna however refuses.

bollywood Updated: Feb 19, 2011 00:24 IST
Neha Sharma

Her last tryst with comedy – No Problem – may have bombed at the box office but actor Kangna Ranaut is hopeful about her next Tanu Weds Manu, a romantic comedy that releases next week. “It’s not like anyone can predict the box office response. So you have to make a good effort and then hope for people to like it. Sometimes it doesn't work. You can't get disheartened by that,” Kangna says.

From the time, the actor started shooting for the film, there has been buzz that she was told to gain weight to fit into the role of a Punjabi girl. Kangna however refuses, “Those are just media rumours! The truth is that I hurt myself while shooting for the film. It was a freak accident where a bike fell on my leg. The injury was quite serious and I was on bed rest for two months. So I put on a lot of weight! I don’t think Aanand L Rai, the director of the film or Shailesh Singh, the producer could do anything about it.”

While her look was not modeled on actor Madhuri Dixit, the actor is happy with the comparison. “People told me I reminded them of Madhuri in many scenes, which is a flattering comparison! My look was not styled on her though,” she says. Did she connect with her character Tanu, who comes from a small town, just like her? “Tanu is from a smaller town - Kanpur, but she is also cultured and well educated. She studied at DU and is very lovable. She has this really naughty fun streak. I think every girl will see a bit of herself in Tanu. I was very young when I moved to Mumbai and started in this industry, just seventeen or so. I did not think so much about adjusting to the city and all that. I just took things in my stride and crossed bridges as I came across them. I am happy about the experiences I've had, they have made me the person I am today, ” Kangna says.

Recently actors Aishwarya Rai and Rani Mukerji got into trouble for smoking on screen. But the actor, who smoked marijuana in the film, feels it will not rake up any controversy. “It hasn't so far. Many people do these things when they're growing up - that seem like they're rebelling, they cross boundaries in the process of self-discovery. Its not that Tanu is a regular smoker, she's just trying something out of acceptable bounds to shock.” Kangna who stepped into veteran actor Babita's shoes for Kajra Mohobbat Waala says, " I loved shooting that song with Saroj ji. I loved the song when I was young, Babita had so much charm. We had a lot of fun!"

After Tanu Weds Manu, she has two more comedies lined up - Rascals and Dhamaal. The petite actor is enjoying the comic phase in her life. “You stay in character for many days while shooting for a film, so of course it’s a much less intense experience if it’s a comedy or a light hearted role you play.”

It was widely reported that she declined Krissh 3 because the Roshans gave her a raw deal in Kites. Kangna however dismisses it. “Not at all. I didn’t feel the role would have worked for me. I have great respect for the Roshans and Hrithik is a very good friend. I hope we work together soon.