“There are a lot of things in our movies that I find objectionable”: Kangana Ranaut

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Kangana Ranaut epitomises grace, strength of character and progressive attitude in her latest interview. Her name is revered in the Industry for being the lone warrior, who always emerges victorious. The actress has been in the eye of the storm because of controversies, both on the personal and professional front. Yet, she did not back down and decided to stand by her actions and statements, despite facing backlash from some particularly influential quarters. And eventually, she walked out of it all with utmost grace and strength of character.

In her latest conversation with Bombay Times, Kangana, once again shared her opinions and thoughts where she begged to differ from the ‘popular’ opinion, and raised some pertinent issues which must be brought to the fore. Here are some excerpts from the conversation:

 

On being the warrior both onscreen and off it

“We have to tell our women that some things are worth fighting for. It’s subjective whether you’re right or wrong, but you have to be strong to fight for what you believe in.”

 

On freedom of expression being under threat in the country

“I want to know what we’ve done with that freedom in our movies. I’m not saying that what’s happening is the ideal situation, but there are a lot of things in our movies that I find objectionable – the depiction of women, sexism, eve-teasing, and things like that.”

 

On raising funds for meaningful and important stories

“Today, if I want to make films like Living Room part 3 or bedroom Part 4, it’s easier, but people don’t have the money to make film on historical figures like Maharana Pratap, Rani Lakshmibai, Chandragupta Maurya, Prithviraj Chauhan, and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.”

 

She didn’t shy away from owning up to the gaps

I belong to that tribe of artistes who believe that something fails, it’s because it lacked something. I never feel that the audience didn’t understand me. I take responsibility for it.”

 

On allegations on hijacking film promotions for dealing with personal agenda

“I’m not the kind of person who plans and picks one day to come clean and talk about everything. I could be talking about my craft or giving the audience a glimpse into my inner world.”

 

Audience before anyone else

“I personally see every interaction that I have during interviews as an opportunity to come closer to my audience. I’m answerable to them for my actions.”

 

On why she never dodges questions

“Anything that I hate and can’t stand – whether it’s about me or my past – I speak about it openly because I feel that if it rests inside me, it’ll take over my life one day.”

 

Staying true to her philosophy in life

“Why let a secret grow and flourish inside you? Would you like to let the demons flourish inside you? They’ll eat you up, right? Whenever I’ve shared horrific secrets of my life with people, they’ve been very kind and empathetic. It felt like detox.”