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Kangana Ranaut – Struggle to Success Story

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Kangana Ranaut Story

Kangana Ranaut, a famous Indian actress, was born on 23rd March 1987 in a Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh. For her brilliant performance in the Indian Film Industry, she got many prestigious awards, 3 National Film Awards, and 4 Filmfare Awards. She has frequently featured in listings of India’s most stylish and attractive celebrities. She also featured six times in Forbes India’s Top 100 Celebrity list.

In 2020, the Government of India honored her with the country’s fourth-highest civilian award Padma Shri. Kangana is one of India’s most fashionable and controversial celebrities. Her reputation for expressing her opinions openly in public has frequently sparked controversies. Recently she has been news for supporting the CBI probe in the Sushant Singh Rajput death case.

Early life and Background

Kangan Ranaut was born in a joint Rajput family. She lives with her parents, elder sister, and younger brother in their ancestral haveli in Bhambla Himachal Pradesh. Her father is a businessman, and her mother is a school teacher. She described her childhood as happy and simple, but she was very stubborn and rebellious. Kangana started experimenting with fashion from a very young age, and she often dressed in clothes that would seem bizarre to her family and neighbors.

She attended DAV School in Chandigarh and initially wanted to become a doctor on her family’s insistence. However, after a failed unit test in chemistry during her 12th standard, she has to reconsider her career options. Despite preparing for the All India Pre-Medical Test, she did not turn up for the exam. Her decision not to pursue a medical line led to constant fighting with her parents, so only at the age of 16, she determined to find her freedom and space, she decided to move to Delhi.

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In the early days of her Delhi stays, she was unsure of her career option. She took some modeling assignments but didn’t consider it a long career due to no scope of creativity in it. Kangana decided to shift her focus to acting and joined the Asmita Theatre Group in Delhi. After getting a positive response for her plays, she moved to Mumbai to pursue her acting career in movies.

In Mumbai, she enrolled herself in a four-month acting course at Asha Chandra Drama School. In her early days in Mumbai, Kangana struggled financially and sometimes only ate bread with aachar. Kangana’s family and relatives are unhappy with her decision to enter Bollywood, and they did not contact her until the release of her movie Life in a Metro in 2007.

Kangana`s Bollywood Career

In 2005 Kangana signed Gangster movie, the film emerged as a critical and commercial hit, and her performance was praised everywhere. She got many awards for her role, including Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut. After establishing a reputation for portraying powerful neurotic characters, Kangana started to seek projects less emotionally exhausting for her.

In 2011 Kangana stars in Tanu Weds Manu, a romantic comedy movie opposite R. Madhavan is considered a game-changer for her career. The film was a commercial success, and her performance was praised everywhere. She got the best actress award at Screen and Zee Cine Awards for her role of Tanu in the movie.

After the success of Tanu Weds Manu, Kangana worked in 4 other movies in the next two years, Rascals, Game, Double Dhamaal, and Miley Naa Miley Hum. Only Double Dhamaal performs well on box office.

Established Actress

In 2013 Kangana Ranaut starred in Krrish 3 opp Hrithik Roshan as a shapeshifting mutant Kaya. This movie is a big hit and became Kangana’s most profitable venture until that time. In early 2014, Kangana Ranaut established herself as one of the lead actresses in the Indian Film Industry. She featured alongside Rajkummar Rao and Lisa Haydon in a comedy-drama movie, Queen. It is a story of a young girl named Rani, who went on her honeymoon alone after her fiancé called off their wedding.

The movie and Kangana’s performance were critically acclaimed, and the film was a big commercial hit. That year, she won the National Film Award and Filmfare Award for the best actress for this movie. The following year in 2015, Kangana Ranaut starred in Tanu Weds Manu Returns, a sequel to Tanu Weds Manu. In the film, she portrayed double roles, the character of Tanuja from the original, and she also performed the role of Kusum, an aspiring athlete in it.


The film received positive reviews from critics, and everyone praised Kangana’s performance. The movie became a big box office hit and became one of the highest-grossing Bollywood films of all time. For her powerful performance in the film, Kangana won the second National Award for Best Actress, and she also won Filmfare Critics Award.

Controversies, Setback, and Professional Expansion

After a year-long absence from the big screen, Kangana Ranaut starred as Julia in Vishal Bhardwaj’s period war drama movie Rangoon opposite Shahid Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan. The film got mixed reviews and was one of the biggest flops of 2017, but her performance was very appreciated.

In 2019, Kangana Ranaut starred in Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi, a biopic of the brave Indian freedom fighter Rani of Jhansi; she also co-directors this movie. The movie performed moderately well at the box office, and Kangana received Filmfare Award nominations for her performances in the film.

In 2020 Kangana worked in the sports film Panga opposite Jassi Gill. In the movie, she plays the role of a young mother and homemaker who trains to stage a comeback in kabaddi. Despite having a good subject, the film did not perform well at the box office. Kangana Ranaut’s recent movie is a trilingual biopic named Thalaivi, in which she has portrayed the role of politician Jayalalithaa.

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Kangana`s Personal Life

During her struggling days, she got support from Aditya Pancholi and his wife Zarina Wahab, and she considered them her family away from home. In 2007 Kangana Ranaut had filed a police complaint against Aditya Pancholi for physically assaulting her under the influence of alcohol.

While filming Raaz: The Mystery Continued in 2008, Kangana began a romantic relationship with her co-star Adhyayan Suman, but soon they parted ways to focus on their professional careers. In many interviews, Kangana has expressed her desire not to be bound by a relationship and says she will never get married.

A practicing Hindu, Kangana Ranaut lives in Mumbai with her sister Rangoli. Kangana follows the teachings of Swami Vivekananda and considers meditation to be the highest form of worshipping God. She is vegetarian and, in 2013, listed as India’s hottest vegetarian in a poll conducted by PETA. Kangana is also known for her forthrightness in expressing her opinions in public on issues ranging from feminism to films.

Kangana Ranaut is a free-spirited, creative person who cannot be slotted in a particular mold.

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