Kangana Ranaut needs no introduction these days. A successful actor known for her path-breaking roles in a film career spanning 11 years has managed to carve a stardom of her own. She is also known for her outspokenness which does not go down well with some of the best in business. Today, it’s her 31st birthday.
From the girl-next-door in Gangster to Jaanbaaz Julia in Rangoon, Kangana has essayed various roles in the films. The three-time National Award-winning actor has not shied away from talking about how she was bullied in the early stages of career. While most of the actresses often refrain from making comments on her personal life, the Himchal Pradesh-born actor has done the opposite. She locked horns with a star like Hrithik Roshan over her alleged relationship. On the other hand, Kangana roasted Karan Johar on his TV show Koffee With Karan, calling him a flagbearer of nepotism and ‘movie mafia’.
Here are 7 roles played by her which prove why is she called the Queen of Bollywood.
Rani (Queen): After her fiance calls off the wedding at the last moment, a distraught Rani shuts herself in a room for a day. However, she changes her mind and embarks on a solo honeymoon trip to Paris and Amsterdam. It is during the trip that Rani is able to shed her inhibitions and undergoes transformation in herself. Also starring Lisa Haydon and Rajkummar Rao, the Vikas Bahl-directorial is one of Kangana’s best performances till date. The role earned her a Filmfare Award for Best Actress as well as her second National Award.
Tanuja Trivedi/Datto (Tanu Weds Manu Returns): Unable to get over a troubled marriage with Tanu (Kangana), Dr Manu Sharma (R Madhavan) found love for the second time when he met Haryanvi student Datto who looked similar to his wife. Playing a double role for the first time, Kangana won accolades with her performance in the Aanand L Raai directorial. She won her third National Award for the film which also starred Mohammad Zeeshan Ayyub and Deepak Dobriyal.
Julia (Rangoon): Kangana won hearts with her performance as Julia in Vishal Bhardwaj’s pre-Independence drama Rangoon. She stood at par with her co-actors Shahid Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan and still remained the sole eyegrabber in the film. Although the film tanked at the box-office, her role was appreciated.
Shonali (Fashion): Kangana’s defining m0ment came in 2008 when she essayed the role of a ramp model in Madhur Bhandarkar’s Fashion.The film was a breather for the actor who had endured a disappointing phase after a successful debut. Kangana was not only praised for her role by the critics, but also bagged her first National Award for the film. And then there was no looking back for her.
Alka Singh (Revolver Rani): When it comes to experimenting with your roles, Kangana is the first name that comes to our mind. In 2014, she played gangster-politician Alka Singh, who rises against odds to become a minister. Set in Madhya Pradesh, the Sai Kabir directorial Revolver Rani had Kangana in her rustic avatar as she looked damn dangerous. Her accent was perfect and could instill the fear in you.