Ranaut at the Signature International Fashion Weekend, 2013
|Born||Kangna Amardeep Ranaut
23 March 1987
Bhambla, Mandi District, Himachal Pradesh, India
|Other names||Kangna Ranaut|
|Years active||2006 - present|
Kangana Ranaut (born 23 March 1987) is an Indian actress, primarily known for her work in Hindi films. After pursuing a career in modelling and theatre, Ranaut made her feature film debut in 2006 with a critically acclaimed performance in the thriller Gangster, for which she was awarded the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut. She garnered further recognition for her role as a troubled model in the 2008 drama Fashion, earning her a National Film Award and a Filmfare Award in the Best Supporting Actress category.
Ranaut subsequently featured in the commercially successful films Raaz – The Mystery Continues (2009) and Once Upon A Time In Mumbai (2010). Her role in the 2011 romantic comedy Tanu Weds Manu marked a departure from the dark, intense roles she was known for playing; the film proved to be a box office hit and garnered her praise from the critics. After a series of brief, glamorous roles, Ranaut achieved further success for her performances in the superhero film Krrish 3 (2013), one of the highest-grossing Bollywood films of all time, and the coming-of-age comedy-drama Queen (2014).
Ranaut was born into a Rajput family on 23 March 1987, to Asha Ranaut, a school teacher, and Amardeep Ranaut, a businessman. She has an elder sister, Rangoli and a younger brother, Akshit. Her family lives in Mandi.
Ranaut started her career as a theatre actor in Delhi with Asmita Theatre Group. She trained under eminent theatre director Arvind Gaur. Ranaut said of Gaur "It's because of theatre that I'm so comfortable in films [...] Arvind was very kind. I went to him and said, I'm going to Bombay, and I need a sort of crash course in acting. So, he taught me acting specially, just for an hour everyday." She participated in his theatre workshop at India Habitat Centre and acted in several plays. Her first play with Arvind Gaur was Girish Karnad's Taledanda (Rakt-Kalyan).
Film debut, breakthrough and critical acclaim (2006–08)
In 2005, director Anurag Basu, who was looking for a female lead in his film Gangster after Mallika Sherawat rejected the movie, spotted Ranaut at a café in Mumbai, and offered her an audition for the film. After several auditions, Ranaut was selected for the role. Cast opposite Emraan Hashmi and Shiney Ahuja, Ranaut played the central character of an alcoholic woman who is caught in a love triangle between a notorious gangster and a friend who sympathises with her troubles. In an interview with Filmfare, Ranaut said in retrospect that as she was only seventeen whilst filming, she "had difficulty first in understanding and then unwinding from the character. The approach was raw and immature." Upon release in 2006, film emerged as a commercial and critical success. Ranaut's performance earned her critical acclaim; Raja Sen of Rediff.com said that "Kangana is a remarkable find, the actress coming across with great conviction. Hers is the pivotal character, and an extremely difficult role to essay, but she manages it well [...] Kangana's nuances [of an alcoholic character] are disconcertingly realistic. From the slur to the pout, the glassy eyes to the hesitant gait, she nails the role [...] she does an impressive job, especially for a debut." For her performance, Ranaut received the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut, as well as various other debut awards.
This was followed by the Mohit Suri-directed drama Woh Lamhe (2006), a biopic based on the life and death of actress Parveen Babi, and her relationship with her lover and mentor Mahesh Bhatt (a character played by Shiney Ahuja). Ranaut received further recognition for her role as a schizophrenic actress; Subhash K. Jha said of her performance—"Kangana keeps a tight control over overt articulations of expressions [...] A hugely expressive actress with a phemomenal ability to convey torment, hurt and incredulity through the eyes, Kangana is the first female performer of Bollywood since Smita and Shabana who isn't scared to strip her soul naked for the camera." Despite being well received by critics, the film underperformed at the box office.
The following year, was seen as an aspiring singer in Suneel Darshan's musical thriller Shakalaka Boom Boom, which also featured Bobby Deol, Upen Patel and Celina Jaitley. The movie failed at the box office and earned negative reviews from critics. Her next appearance was for Anurag Basu's multistarrer drama Life In A... Metro, where Ranaut played a shrewd socialite who seduces her boss for a promotion. Despite a poor start at the box office, the film's collections picked up and emerged as a profitable venture. Whilst the film earned mixed reviews from critics, Ranaut's performance generated mostly positive comments; Raja Sen noted that Ranaut is "refreshing [...] and manages to herd her emotions well, playing a complex role but hardly ever overreaching"; though noted that her delivery of English lines "makes you wince." Khalid Mohamed of Hindustan Times was critical of the film and said that the picture lacked originality and realism. Nonetheless, the movie earned Ranaut the Stardust Award for Breakthrough Performance – Female.
In 2008, Ranaut made her debut in Tamil cinema with the romantic thriller Dhaam Dhoom (opposite Jayam Ravi), following which she appeared in Madhur Bhandarkar's Fashion, alongside Priyanka Chopra and Mugdha Godse. Set against the backdrop of the Indian fashion industry, the film saw Ranaut feature as a drug-addicted ex-supermodel who is struggling to cope with her failing career. With a worldwide revenue of 600 million (US$9.6 million), the film emerged as a commercial success, and was also praised by critics; Subhash K. Jha included the film on his list of the Top 10 Best Woman-Oriented films from 2004-14. Ranaut's performance drew unanimous acclaim from critics. Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama wrote—"the real star is Kangna. Her role may not be as lengthy as that of Priyanka, but the actress pitches in an awesome performance. Her confidence at the very start is infectious and her overall performance deserves an ovation." Nikhat Kazmi called Ranaut the "scene stealer", and added that she "does an exquisite metamorphosis from a wispy, high-strung, nervous child-woman to a stunning ramp diva." India Today described the movie as a "landmark" in her career. In addition, her role earned Ranaut several awards, including the National Film Award and Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress.
Career fluctuations (2009–12)
In 2009, Ranaut appeared in the supernatural horror film Raaz – The Mystery Continues with Emraan Hashmi and Adhyayan Suman. Ranaut's role was that of a model who is later possessed by a ghost. Despite mixed reviews, the film emerged as a financial success. Ranaut's portrayal received a mixed critical reception; Shubhra Gupta noted that Ranaut was becoming stereotyped—"Kangana Ranaut needs a radical change of image. She's been spending a lot of screen time teetering on ramps, and being hysterical." She followed this with Vaada Raha, her Telugu film debut Ek Niranjan and Kites (2010), all of which underperformed at the box office.
Ranaut's second release of 2010 was the Ekta Kapoor-produced gangster film Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai, where she featured with Ajay Devgan, Emraan Hashmi and Prachi Desai. The film was one of the most successful 2010 releases, and garnered positive reviews from critics. Taran Adarsh was impressed with her portrayal of a Bollywood actress in the 1970's and wrote—"Kangna Ranaut is extremely natural and performs very well. Also, she brings so much of sensuality and glamour to her character." Her next films Knock Out and No Problem bombed at the box office, and failed to propel her career forward.
Ranaut had five film releases in 2011. Her first release was the romantic comedy Tanu Weds Manu opposite R. Madhavan. Ranaut said that the film was a "turning point" in her career, as the character of the rebellious Tanu was a departure from the dark, intense roles she had previously portrayed. Despite mixed reviews from critics, the movie was a box office success, and Ranaut garnered favourable reviews for her role. Kaveree Bamzai called Ranaut the "star" of the feature, whilst Mayank Shekhar mentioned that the leading pair were in "top form". The film also earned Ranaut several nominations in the Best Actress category. Post Tanu Weds Manu, Ranaut appeared in a series of small, glamorous roles in the films Game, Double Dhamaal, Rascals and Miley Naa Miley Hum. Apart from Double Dhamaal, these films emerged as commercial and critical failures. She later said that she did some of these films due to a dearth of film offers. The following year, Ranaut worked in Priyadarshan's action thriller Tezz, which was also a major failure at the box office. She also made her directorial debut with a short film dealing with a complex subject of human-animal relationship, which was written in collaboration with an Australian writer and shot in America.
Rise to prominence (2013–present)
Ranaut's first appearance of 2013 was a brief role in Sanjay Gupta's crime thriller Shootout At Wadala alongside John Abraham and Anil Kapoor. Komal Nahta said of her performance—"Kangana Ranaut may not have a key role but she, nevertheless, performs ably." The film was a moderate economic success. Her second release of the year was Rakesh Roshan's superhero film Krrish 3, where she featured as Kaya, India's first female sci-fi character alongside Hrithik Roshan, Priyanka Chopra and Vivek Oberoi. Ranaut had initially declined the movie after a disappointing association with Rakesh Roshan in Kites. She was also weary about the length of the role. After the part was turned down by other actresses, Roshan offered the role to Ranaut again and she later accepted it when the misunderstanding was cleared by the duo. With global ticket sales of 3 billion (US$48 million), the film emerged as one of the highest-grossing Bollywood films of all time. Krrish 3 received mixed reviews, but Ranaut's portrayal of a mutant garnered critical acclaim. Mohar Basu of Koimoi said that "Kangana easily topples as the film’s most striking female character. As the wicked slimy chameleon Kaya, she puts up a devilish show indeed! Making her character look extremely sexy, in her bits she owns the film!" Sarita A. Tanwar added that "Kangana Ranaut is delightful as an alien making the weird hair and clothes work for her. She even manages to make you feel her pain. Quite an accomplishment that!" Ranaut also appeared in the romantic musical Rajjo. The film was a critical and commercial failure, and Ranaut's portrayal of a nautch girl was largely criticised.
In 2014, Ranaut featured in the coming-of-age comedy-drama Queen, alongside Lisa Haydon and Rajkummar Rao. The movie narrated the story of Rani, a girl who goes on her honeymoon alone after her fiancé calls off their wedding. Ranaut believed that the film was a "significant film" in her career, and described her character as completely different from herself—"I have always been independent and confident, but, this girl is so unsure about her life. She is neither confident about her decisions, nor has any firm opinion on anything." The film and Ranaut's performance received universal acclaim from critics. Devesh Sharma said of her performance—"It’s Kangana’s film from frame one. The way she flits from one aspect of her character to another without breaking stride shows her maturity as an actor. Her efforts make you clap for Rani’s small and big victories, you root for her character to come up trumps and are glad about the glorious transformation at the end." Saibal Chatterjee called the film "a sparkling little gem" and added that Ranaut "is the heart and soul of Queen and she does not strike a single false note."
Ranaut has finished work on the black comedy Revolver Rani with Vir Das, which is scheduled for an April 2014 release. She has also finished filming for I Love NY with Sunny Deol and Karan Johar's Ungli alongside Emraan Hashmi, Sanjay Dutt and Randeep Hooda. Ranaut will begin filming the sequel to Tanu Weds Manu in April 2014; she will feature in a double role.
|2006||Woh Lamhe||Sana Azim|
|2007||Shakalaka Boom Boom||Ruhi|
|2007||Life in a... Metro||Neha|
|2008||Dhaam Dhoom||Shenba||Tamil film|
|2009||Raaz – The Mystery Continues||Nandita Chopra|
|2009||Ek Niranjan||Sameera||Telugu film|
|2010||Kites||Gina B. Grover|
|2010||Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai||Rehana|
|2010||Knock Out||Nidhi Shrivastav|
|2011||Tanu Weds Manu||Tanuja "Tanu" Trivedi|
|2011||Double Dhamaal||Kiya Nayak|
|2011||Miley Naa Miley Hum||Anishka|
|2013||Shootout at Wadala||Vidya Joshi|
|2014||Queen||Rani "Queen" Mehra|
|2014||Revolver Rani||Alka Singh||Post-production|
|2015||Tanu Weds Manu 2||Tanuja "Tanu" Trivedi||Pre-production|
|TBA||I Love New Year||Completed|
Awards and nominations
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