Kangana now a Brit secret agent

After playing a ’70s superstar in Once Upon a Time In Mumbaai, Kangna Ranaut is all set for another metamorphosis in the Farhan Akhtar production, Game.

bollywood Updated: Aug 19, 2010 14:35 IST
Roshmila Bhattacharya
Roshmila Bhattacharya
Hindustan Times

For Ekta Kapoor’s Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai, she zipped back to the swinging ’70s for an eye-catching retro look that has fetched her a flood of compliments. "What worked was the variety in my wardrobe. I wore saris in Mumtaz’s Brahmachari style and ultra-glam western dresses reminiscent of Zeenat Aman. In one scene, I had Parveen Babi bangs and in another Jackie Kennedy’s dark bob and glares. Every shot had a different look, poori bhadas nikaal li (I experimented to my heart’s content)," laughs self-confessed fashionista, Kangna Ranaut.

Quiz her on the sequel, and she admits that no one has spoken to her about one yet. "I’m open to it. Though with Sultan Mirza (Ajay Devgn’s character and her lover in the film) dead, I wouldn’t be a happy girl in the sequel," she reasons.

KanganaFor now, Ranaut is looking forward to lots of laughs in the romantic comedy, Tanu Weds Manu, because "for the first time in a movie I’m not suffering but making others suffer by creating plenty of stress." There’s another laughaton, Indra Kumar’s Double Dhamaal. The original didn’t have any girls but the sequel has two —Mallika Sherawat who’s replaced Vidya Balan and Ranaut.

"In keeping with the title, I can promise you double the fun," asserts the actor who’s been paired with Sanjay Dutt in the film. She is also doing Dutt’s home production, Rascals, and is delighted to be working in a David Dhawan film. Ask her to elaborate on the role and she says she’s the "mystery miss" and has to stay mum.

She’s equally mysterious about her film opposite Chirag Paswan for which she reportedly got paid a princely sum. “I don’t talk money,” she retorts.

“All I can say is that it’s a great role.”

Coming up
There are a couple of other thrillers lined up too, including Knock Out with Irrfan Khan and Dutt, and Game with Abhishek Bachchan. The former, she says, is not a desi Phone Booth and the latter is not an Indianised Bourne Identity. “I’m really excited about Game because I play a intense British secret agent in it. No stunts because she’s an intelligence officer and not a police inspector and no romance because she is like one of the boys, almost a parallel hero. And my look is unlike anything you have seen on the Indian screen before,” Ranaut promises.

Blonde hair and blue eyes? “No brown eyes and my own curly hair that is a few shades lighter,” she says, adding that she doesn’t need lenses and a wig to pass off as a foreigner: “I’m mistaken for one wherever I go, whether it’s France or Italy. In fact, I’ve had many a monsieur getting upset with me for replying to their compliments in English and not native French. It’s so hard trying to convince them that

I’m not a local mademoiselle but an Indian girl.”

First Published: Aug 19, 2010 13:43 IST