Kangana Ranaut Says She Had To Turn Down Khan Directed Movies, Kumar Directed Movies For Female Centered Movies


Actress Kangana Ranaut shared on Friday that she had to turn down a lot of “big hero movies” to make “female-centric movies.” She was speaking at her trailer launch upcoming action thriller Dhaakad in Bombay.

Kangana said, “In many ways, the public is also ready for women to take the lead. Another aspect is that I had my share of low points when I turned down a lot of male-centric movies, you know Khan-led movies or Kumar-led movies, all kinds of great hero movies.

Kangana Ranaut is one of the most successful female heroines in Hindi film industry. The actor said that while she didn’t plan for success, she had a vision for it.

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Kangana said, “When you have a vision of the future, they say what’s wrong with her because it’s the best time of her life. They say, ‘What are you doing? It’s the best time of your life. Why do you say no to these films? Why aren’t you at the awards ceremonies? Why do you oppose fashion magazines? Why are you wasting your life? I would wonder why they think I’m wasting my life. How do they think I got here? Do they think it’s accidental? It’s because I always thought I deserved as much as anyone else, and why should I consider myself an inferior being. I’ve always had this vision that this (pointing to the Dhaakad poster) is possible. This day is possible. Of course, I hadn’t planned it but I had the vision. I can’t run it alone. You need someone like (director) Razneesh Ghai or (producers) Deepak Mukut and Sohail Maklai. I would say that for a woman to be successful on her journey, so many men have to support her. So it’s a combination of a lot of things. I won’t say it was entirely accidental. I can’t even say I did. I had a vision, and a lot of things came together.

dhaakad trailer launch The Dhaakad team at the launch of the film’s trailer. (Photo: Varinder Chawla)

When Kangana Ranaut was asked about her favorite Hindi action heroine, she replied, “Heroines in Hindi movies don’t get that opportunity.” When Kangana was reminded that veteran female stars like Rekha and Hema Malini had also done action movies, the actor said, “Of course they were great. They were amazing for their time. What we do today is thanks to them. They paved the way for us. They paved the way for girls. The privileges we enjoy today as great ladies, they gave to us. Now our duty is to carry it forward for the next generation and take it to the next level, where we will not only get the privileges of great ladies, but the privileges of an on-set hero.

Many Bollywood actresses have complained about pay parity. However, Kangana said she was happy with the fees paid to her and was proud to say she was not underpaid.

Kangana joked, “Don’t say that in front of the producers. In front of them, I act like ‘bechaari ladki’, otherwise they will ask me if others receive so much.

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She added: “I am not underpaid. Today, I can proudly say that because of the people who make me feel valued and my work is valued. There were times when I thought that even if I did the same job (as the male co-stars), why wouldn’t I get paid. But at this point in my life, I’m not underpaid.

Although Kangana Ranaut has no complaints about her salary, she shared that there were times when many people told Dhaakad director Razneesh Ghai not to cast her in the film.

She said: ‘So luckily there are still people who don’t listen to what is being said. There are still those who believe in me. So, I’m grateful for that. And I couldn’t have hoped to work with a better person. He (Razneesh Ghai) pushed to the limit. It was hard losing all that weight I had put on for Thalaivii now that I’m in my thirties. In addition I had the Covid, so it became more difficult. But, he made sure I did. I’ve done action before, but not like this, and he really pushed me.

Dhaakad, also starring Arjun Rampal and Divya Dutta, is set to hit theaters on May 20.



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