Kangna Ranaut will be seen smoking, drinking and uttering Hindi abuses in Anand Rai’s Tanu Weds Manu that releases later this month. These are traits that the actor incorporated into her character, Tanu, after the director narrated the part of the free-spirited girl to her. It is said that Ranaut has borrowed the traits from one of her old friends, now an NRI, whom she knew during her theatre days in Delhi.
“While filming Tanu Weds Manu, I went to Chandigarh for the schedules. I didn’t expect to meet all my college friends and hostel roommates. I’ve been there so many times but I’ve never met all my friends together because someone is married, someone is working in different city, and someone is settled abroad. But fortunately, this time I had a chance to revisit memories with the people associated closely with them,” recalls Ranaut, admitting that some of her character’s traits have been adapted from those of her Delhi friend."Whether I thank the makers of this film for anything else or not, I have to thank them for bringing my old friends back into my life in some way or the other. I met and spent so much time with my college group. And then, when I read the script, certain aspects of Tanu’s behaviour reminded me of my theatre group friend from Delhi a lot," says the actor. "She drank, smoked and even uttered Hindi gaalis (abuses) with ease, pretty frequently. She was so bindaas (free-spirited) and impressive. I just had to think of her and I was ready to play Tanu."
So, is Ranaut still in touch with the girl she modelled her character on, who is apparently now a NRI? “No,” she says. “We lost touch after I moved to Mumbai. I haven’t heard from her in the longest time, but I’m sure wherever she is, she must be charming everyone around her because that was something deeply embedded in her.”