Tough to remain 'headstrong' in filmdom: Kangana
The actress says that although there are always people who try to make her feel insignificant, she continues to fight it
Actress Kangana Ranaut, known to speak her mind despite the reactions her words elicit, says it is difficult to remain 'headstrong' in Bollywood as there are always people who try to make one 'feel insignificant'. But she continues to fight it.
"Being an outsider in the business, I have fought to carve a niche for myself. I have also been opinionated and I choose to express my views openly," Kangana says.
"In our industry, it becomes difficult to remain headstrong as you are often judged for not following the status quo. There will always be a segment that will try to make you feel insignificant, but it is important to channel your strength and confidence, and work hard to triumph. It's important to grow a distinct voice to break the clutter," adds the National Award winner.
The actress has been actively talking about her struggle in the industry. She charged filmmaker Karan Johar with being a 'flagbearer of nepotism' during his chat show.
Does she consider herself mentally tough and fit to fight? "Absolutely. My experiences in life, on the personal and professional fronts, have helped shape the individual I am today. There have been moments in my life when it was very difficult to continue working in unfavourable conditions. But I fought my way, to make a mark for myself."
She realised the importance of being tough, both mentally and physically. "In my journey, I learned that challenges may always beset you, but if one is strong-willed and determined, you can overcome them," adds Kangana.
In her last release Simran, she played an imperfect girl who wants to lead life on her own terms. Does she think such characters hardly exist in real life where girls are always following the norm? "My career trajectory is full of characters and films where I'm trying to redefine the conventional heroine tag. I think it is important to reinvent oneself continuously and diversify your craft," says Kangana who feels fortunate to have worked in path-breaking films such as Fashion, Tanu Weds Manu, Queen and Simran where she played individualistic characters.
"I know Queen had a strong impact on viewers. I always choose to do roles where there is a message being delivered that makes the viewer think differently and shapes their choices," adds the actress, who will next be seen in Manikarnika.
She also feels "there are many women who aspire to dream bigger and better" and she is one of them. Kangana, who comes from a small town in Himachal Pradesh, says her circumstances never discouraged her from chasing her dreams.
"I encourage women to believe in their strength and value their hard work. My motto has always been to follow my own path and not succumb to norms. I believe it's important to celebrate yourself and grow with each experience," she says.