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Bollywood 'Queen' Kangana Ranaut turns 27

chandigarh Updated: Mar 23, 2014 23:15 IST
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From a small town girl to a bollywood star, Kangana Ranaut has made really big in the industry.

Known for her hard-hitting performances, Kangana left everyone mermerised wirth her performance in her latest bollywood flick Queen. The 'queen' not only won hearts of her fans but also gathered praises showered over her by her industry contemporaries. Here a look at Kanagna Ranaut best performances.


Kangana made her debut with 2006 Emarn Hashmi, Shiney Ahuja starrer Gangster. Playing role of Simran, a love-smitten bar dancer, drowning her misery in booze, won her the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut. Woh Lamhe

Ranaut's next was Mohit Suri-directed drama Woh Lamhe (2006), a semi-biographical film based on the schizophrenic actress Parveen Babi and her relationship with the director Mahesh Bhatt. She said that portraying Babi had left her emotionally drained: "I had become so close to her that I had begun to feel her desolation and loneliness."

Life In A... Metro

After playing intense role, Kangana reunited with Anurag Basu for his next Life In A... Metro. Ranaut played supporting role of a woman engaged in an affair with her married boss. Khalid Mohamed of Hindustan Times was critical of the film, noting its lack of originality and realism. For her role, Ranaut was awarded the Stardust Award for Breakthrough Performance – Female. Fashion

Then came Madhur Bhandarkar's Fashion, that sunsequently proved a landmark in her career. Set against the backdrop of the Indian fashion industry, the film co-starred Priyanka Chopra and Mugdha Godse, and featured Ranaut as a substance abusing supermodel struggling to cope with her floundering career. Performance in Fashion drew unanimous critical acclaim along with a National Film Award and a Filmfare Award in the Best Supporting Actress category.

Raaz – The Mystery Continues

In 2009 Kangana was seen in supernatural horror film Raaz – The Mystery Continues directed by Mohit Suri starring Emraan Hashmi and Adhyayan Suman. She played a "successful and independent" model who is possessed by a ghost.

Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai

She then portrayed Rehana, a film actress, in the Milan Luthria's Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai opposite Ajay Devgn. The movie also had Emraan Hashmi and Prachi Desai in the main role. The film was rise and subsequent fall story of an underworld don (played by Devgn) in the 1970s. Ranaut said that her character was "a mix" of the actress Madhubala and the gangster Haji Mastan's wife, and in preparation she observed the work of the actresses Zeenat Aman and Parveen Babi. The film was one of the most successful releases of the year, and garnered positive reviews from critics.

Tanu Weds Manu

In 2011, Ranaut was seen opposite R madhavan in Tanu Weds Manu that proved to be a game changer for Kangana. Critical reaction to the film was mixed, though her performance was praised.

Krrish 3

After doing small roles in different movies in 2012, Ranaut came back portraying Kaya, a shape-shifting mutant and India's first female superheroine, in Krrish 3. Ranaut's performance again garnered praise.


In 2014, Ranaut established herself as a 'bollywood Queen' in her latest flick Queen. The film is a story of Rani, a naive girl who goes on her her honeymoon alone only to find herself. Ranaut described the role to be one of the toughest she had ever played, saying: "I have always been independent and confident, but, this girl is so unsure about her life. She is neither confident about her decisions, nor has any firm opinion on anything." The film and Ranaut's performance received unanimous acclaim from critics and still continuing to do so.

We here at HT wish Kangana a very happy Bithday and more success in her career.