Kangana Ranaut to direct her own biopic
The film will be written by Baahubali and Manikarnika writer, Vijayendra Prasad
Kangana Ranaut made her directorial debut (alongside Telugu filmmaker Krish Jagarlamudi) with Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi, which was released last month. The actor is now looking forward to her next filmmaking venture, and has chosen her own life as the subject. According to sources, the technical crew of the film is in place, many of them retained from Manikarnika, and the project will go on floors soon.
Kangana confirmed the development stating, “Yes, it is true, my own story is the subject of my next directorial. But it is not a propaganda film with characters who are starkly black and white, rather it is a sincere, heartfelt account of my journey so far with plenty of lighter moments. I’m emboldened by the love of the people around me, who have never judged me but accepted me for who I am.”
She added that Baahubali writer Vijayendra Prasad, who also wrote Manikarnika, will be penning her biopic. “Around 12 weeks ago, he urged me to let him write a film based on my life. I was nervous and wary initially, but then, given his stature and the fact that I trust him implicitly, I gave Vijayendra sir the go-ahead to the project.”
Asked whether the film will have characters based on the people she had differences in the past, Kangana said, “How can I show my journey without people? I can’t be walking alone. But we will not be taking any names. The idea is to portray me and my life with all its highs and lows. In the end, it is the story of an achiever, a girl from the mountains who came into Bollywood without a godfather or even any connections in the industry, and went on to carve a niche for herself against all odds, with some memorable films like Gangster, Tanu Weds Manu and its sequel, Fashion, Queen, and more recently, Manikarnika, bagging three National Awards along the way.”