Post the success of her last film (Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai), Kangna Ranaut is busy renovating the spacious apartment she has bought, close to where she is living presently in Bandra. Shouting to make herself heard over the cacophony of carpenters hammering and sawing, she says that if the work goes according to schedule, she should be able to move in by October.
"I can’t wait," she bubbles excitedly. "My parents have finally relocated to Mumbai and will be living with me. Given my interest in fashion and lifestyle, I’m completely clued in to current global trends in interiors. And since I now have a healthy bank balance, I can afford to splurge. I’m going to turn this into my dream home."
In September 2009, when a shoot of Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai was suddenly cancelled, the actor found herself with a free fortnight and decided to go on a backpacking holiday to Italy. She went alone, a first for her. And even without family, friends or colleagues to share the fun with, Ranaut had a blast.
She enjoyed the shopping spree in Milan but didn’t much care for Venice. However, she admits that the Italians are natural-born flirts and since she was often mistaken for a local girl because of her light, curly hair, she was serenaded with calls of ‘bella principessa’ (beautiful princess) everywhere.
Her love for Rome and the Vatican, Michelangelo’s sculptures and murals, has admittedly inspired her decision to go for the Renaissance décor for her apartment currently being done up.
She was also fascinated by Raphael and Leonardo DaVinci’s paintings and admits that she can gaze at DaVinci’s The Last Supper for hours. She’s hoping to source out some pieces that bring back memories of the real art for her pad.
Ranaut is also getting custom designed furniture carted down from Italy: “I like their sleek lines and natural tones. I don’t want any dark colours in my elegant home, only pastels.”
The year began on a high note for the 23-year-old actor with a National Award for Best Supporting Female Actor in Madhur Bhandarkar’s Fashion (2008). Her recent release, Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai (2010), is a hit. Doesn’t she wish for someone special to share the good times with?
“I have a wonderful family and close friends who pray for me everyday. If that’s not enough, I’d be a very sad girl,” she laughs. “Some day, I hope to meet an exceptional man like Sultan Mirza (Ajay Devgn’s character in Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai) with whom I feel a deep connection. And he can be a part of my family too.”