My comment on nepotism worked as a catalyst: Kangana Ranaut
The actor says outsiders in the film industry should not lose heart if they face discrimination
National Award-winning actor Kangana Ranaut, who raked up the nepotism debate last year, says "outsiders" in the film industry should not lose heart if they face discrimination.
"It is okay to be discriminated against if you are an outsider because there are things that one does to know as an outsider newcomer. People are not responsible for you, you have to be persistent, observant to know things. Today I am talking about it because I made it to this level. I learnt," she says.
"In the beginning, everyone is treated in the same way; don't think it is happening to you only. You have got to make sure that you work around it," she adds.
Citing an example of her early days, Kangana says, "I did not understand the difference between shot and scenes, so if someone says you have two scenes now, I used to think, my work will get over in 30 minutes."
"I did not know about brand building and brand endorsement...when a magazine told me that they want to put me on their cover, I asked them to talk to my manager about money. They banned me for five years but I did not know the difference back then. So yes, coming from non-film background, I was also immature and no one was there to guide. I learnt," she adds.
Asked if she managed to change the viewpoint of filmmaker Karan Johar with her statement, Kangana says, "I am no one to do that, my intention was not that. He believes in bloodlines, dynasty and such talents worked for him, isn't it? I cannot make him believe in talents that he does not believe in. But I can say what I want to say."
"I spoke about nepotism based on my observations. I am not an activist here, though I would love to serve my society. Nepotism exists everywhere, we have grown up seeing it. When I talked about it, perhaps people were subconsciously observing it, they wanted to talk about it. My comment worked as a catalyst," she adds.