She’s versatile and experimental but not one without regrets! Talking about a time when she got her navel pierced, actor Kangana Ranaut recalls: “On weekends, we were allowed one outing. We went out, some six girls, and planned to get piercings done — eyebrows, navels... I thought I’d get the latter, so I could cover it up at home and no one would ever know.” The jeweller, she says, was petrified as he had never pierced anyone’s eyebrows or navel before, but Kangana and the girls forced him to pierce her navel! “And then I fainted. We had to get back to the hostel and my friends didn’t know what to do with me, so they waited at the jeweller’s shop,” adds the 28-year-old in an interview to Vogue India’s upcoming June edition. As Kangana shows the mark of a folly past, up comes the topic of tattoos, and the actor advises against it. “Please don’t. I have one and I regret it. You grow out of it,” she says.
Leaving her young and restless phase behind, Kangana admits having grown wiser. That reflects in her choice of roles, too. One wonders how can a style diva seem so comfortable letting go of that aspect while assuming roles that aren’t always flattering? “I don’t get carried away with the glamour of our business. I wouldn’t compromise on a character just because I’m called a ‘style icon’ or because people think I’m pretty,” says the actor, who has been showered with applause for her acting prowess in her latest, Tanu Weds Manu Returns.
Not just acting, her fashion choices have evolved too, and Kangana is proud. “At 17, I just wanted to look stylish. But now, as I’ve grown older, I dress up like someone who has travelled the world and seen a lot, and knows what she wants. There’s a change we go through and it’s a desirable one,” she says.
A strong advocate of everyone being his or her own self, Kangana has some advice for the film industry as well: “We need a range of characters. We don’t need to make everyone a clone of each other, with predictable bodies and predictable body language!”
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