Actress Kangana Ranaut intends to write a book on her struggles in her life, which includes the period before she came to the film industry as well as her stint in it.
“The way I dealt with my failures has been very heavy and I would like to write a book about that, how success will never teach you anything” said Kangana at the launch of journalist Barkha Dutt’s book The Unquiet India.
Kangana confessed about being physically abused by an industry celebrity and how she is fighting back physically and legally. “(The man) who must have been my father’s age...he hit me so hard. I fell on my head on the floor. It started to bleed...and I picked up my sandal and hit his head hard and he started to bleed,” the actor told Dutt at the event.
She went on to say, “I struggled so much that I couldn’t believe I had so much strength that either I died or I kill you. And then I went to the cops and lodged an FIR against this man. But that day, I really saw myself as who I always thought I was... I’m actually a born fighter.”
The actor said the event turned her into a “badass and she learnt there is no free lunch.” She said that before success with films like Tanu Weds Manu, she was seen as a loser, “I’ve been through struggle for 10 years, and I think that’s what shaped me up as a person today. I don’t know how much a success people see me as - that is very external aspect of one’s growth - but I think I’m a very successful person on a very personal level. And when you lose something or face failure, it’s about how you deal with it and not lose your self-respect and self-worth.”
Kangana also feels that this kind of prominence given to success and winning, creates a feeling where a rejection is hard for people to accept. She believes that’s the reason violence against women happen, having seen her sister Rangoli suffering an acid attack.
“Ten years of humiliation, rejection, embarrassment could’ve made me believe what the whole world thought about me - like if they thought about me as a loser, but I didn’t think of myself as that or as what the world or my parents thought of me. That’s why I could do what I did in my life... Not just in India but all over the world, winning and success in so overrated,” she added.