Kangana Ranaut says she is happy to have carved an unconventional career path in Bollywood as she completes 10 years in the industry today.
Kangana’s debut film Gangster released in 2006, where she played a troubled woman in love with a gangster.
The 29-year-old National Award-winning actress says she enjoys being an “underdog” in the film industry. “I am extremely proud of my rags to riches story, it’s fun to be a misfit or an underdog if you acknowledge your gifts and befriend your obstacles,” said Kangana.
The actor’s early filmography had films like Woh Lamhe, Life in a... Metro and Fashion, which also earned Kangana her first National Award.
In between, she appeared in a string of flops such as Shakalaka Boom Boom, Raaz: The Mystery Continues, Vaada Raha, which almost pushed her into oblivion.
Her career got a new lease of life with the 2011 hit romantic-comedy Tanu Weds Manu and though she did some forgettable roles in movies likes Game, Rascals and Tezz, her performance as rebellious Tanu in Aanand L Rai’s film stayed with the audience.
Three years later came Vikas Bahl’s slice-of-life, inspirational drama Queen, which was not only a box-office success but gave Kangana a hold in the industry like never before.
Watch: Kangana in a song from Queen
She played an innocent bride-to-be, who is left at the altar by her groom, then goes on a self-discovery journey and emerges as a confident, independent woman.
Her double role in Rai’s 2015 rom-com Tanu Weds Manu Returns furthered the impact of her acting prowess, getting her a National Award this year.
Watch: Kangana in Tanu Weds Manu Returns trailer
The top star now has films like Vishal Bhardwaj’s Rangoon, Hansal Mehta’s Simran and Rani Lakshmibai biopic by filmmaker Ketan Mehta.
While she has enjoyed audience’s love for her fearless, bold nature in real life, it has also landed her in controversies, the latest being her fight with Hrithik Roshan where both the stars have slapped legal notices on each other.
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