Kangana Ranaut is a famous Indian film actress who is known for her work in the Indian Hindi film industry or ‘Bollywood’. One of the highest paid actresses in the country, Ranaut is known for her fresh and honest opinions as much as she is known for her acting prowess. She is also known for her innate fashion sense and has won several awards which include four Filmfare awards and three National Film Awards.
Ranaut started her career as a model and underwent acting training under Arvind Kaur, a theatre director before she debuted at the age of 17 with the thriller film ‘Gangster’ in 2006. She has worked in several successful films like ‘Woh Lamhe’, ‘Life in a… Metro’, and ‘Fashion’. Ranaut is best known for her 2014 comedy-drama film ‘Queen’; a name which has become her synonym in the media.
Kangana Ranaut – Childhood Pics
Early Life and Education
Ranuat was born to Asha and Amardeep Ranaut in a Rajput family in the small town of Bhambla, Mandi District, Himachal Pradesh on 23 March 1986. While her father is a businessman, her mother is a school teacher. She has two siblings, an elder sister, Rangoli Chandel, who serves as Ranaut’s manager and was a victim of acid attacks, and a younger brother named Akshat. Ranaut claims to be a rebel as a child and moved to Mumbai to pursue acting despite her parents’ will, who later cut off ties with her. She has now reconnected with her family.
Ranaut attended the DAV School in Chandigarh and earlier aspired to be a doctor. Despite preparing for the entrance exam of All India Pre Medical Test, did not appear for it. She then moved to Delhi to pursue a career in modelling. She trained to be an actor under theatre director Arvind Gaur, participated in plays and moved to Mumbai.
Kangana Ranaut – Family Pictures
Ranaut made her film debut in 2006 with Mahesh Bhatt’s ‘Gangster’, directed by Anurag Basu in which she essayed the role of a young alcoholic woman named Simran. The film became a critical and commercial success and won her a Filmfare best debut in 2007. Ranaut’s next appearance in 2006 was in’Woh Lamhe’ in which she essayed a semi-autobiographical role of actress Parveen Babi who suffered from Schizophernia. The film documented Babi’s relationship with Mahesh Bhatt and Ranaut was once again applauded for her work. She gave her third consecutive hit with Anurag Basu’s ensemble drama film ‘Life in a… Metro’. In 2008, Ranaut appeared in Madhur Bhandarkar’s ‘Fashion’ in the supporting role of a substance abusing supermodel Shonali Gujral and won a National Award and a Filmfare award for best actress in a supporting role. Ranaut continued to give great performances in films like ‘Raaz: The Mystery Continues’, ‘ Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai’, ‘Tanu Weds Manu’, ‘Krrish 3’ etc.
Ranaut appeared in the 2014 film ‘Queen’, which became her biggest solo hit film till date. She portrayed the character of a naive young girl on the verge of her marriage named Rani, who gets dumped by her fiancé a day before her marriage and goes on her honeymoon trip by herself, emerging as a confident woman. Ranaut won applaud for her work winning another National Award and a Filmfare best actress award and established herself as one of the best female actors in the country. In 2015, she appeared in the sequel of ‘Tanu Weds Manu’, titled ‘Tanu Weds Manu Returns’. Ranaut’s last role was in the 2017 film ‘Rangoon’. She is set to appear in ‘Simran’ and ‘ Manikarnika—The Queen of Jhansi’ in the near future.
Affairs and Relationships
An outsider in the industry, When Ranaut entered the industry; she received support from actor Aditya Pancholi and his wife Zarina Wahab. She was said to be in a relationship with Pancholi and even suffered physical and mental abuse while she was with him. She enetered into a relationship with actor son Adhyayan Suman while shooting for the 2008 film ‘Raaz: The Mystery Continues’ but separated from him within a year.
The 1.73 meter tall Ranaut was in a long distance relationship with English doctor, Nicholas Lafferty but split because she wasn’t ready for marriage and has since maintained she has no intention of ever being married.
Ranaut’s apparent relationship with actor Hrithik Roshan resulted in the two accusing each other of harassment and cyber-stalking charges, filing law-suits against each other. She has always identified as an outsider and gone on record to say that industry big-wigs often made fun of her English and accent. In this nepotistic industry, she has always voiced her opinion against nepotism.
Kangana Ranaut – Net Worth
Ranaut has an estimated net worth of approximately $12 Million (INR 80 crores).
Kangana Ranaut – Upcoming Movies
The talented actress will be doing the following movies
- Simran – A drama directed by Hansal Mehta, in which she plays an immigrant from Gujarat, who finds her involved in criminal activities. She is co-writing the screenplay for the film, along with Apurva Asrani.
- Manikarnika – The Queen of Jhansi – This is a biopic on Rani of Jhansi.
- Kangana Ranaut will produce and direct a short-film called ‘Touch’ which captures a moving relationship between a four year old boy and a dog. She has written the screenplay along with an Australian writer.