Dec 082017
 

Actress Kangana Ranaut, who never minces words, has opposed the threats issued to “Padmavati” actress Deepika Padukone, and said patriarchy in the society needs to be attacked

Actress Kangana Ranaut, who never minces words, has opposed the threats issued to “Padmavati” actress Deepika Padukone, and said patriarchy in the society needs to be attacked. Kangana was at Reebok’s Fit To Fight Awards here on Thursday night when she was asked about her thoughts on the threats issued to Deepika over the controversial film “Padmavati”.

Kangana Ranaut
Kangana Ranaut

She said: “It is absolutely wrong, but I feel it is not something which is very surprising. When my sister was in school, she faced an acid attack from a student and now when I am in a professional environment, a superstar is trying to put me behind bars. So, this is very common that happens in our society. “I feel we should not attack individuals, we should attack patriarchy and chauvinism. For individuals, we can call them out and say whatever you are doing is not right.”

“But I feel this is not restricted only to boys, it implies to girls as well, so we have to attack that view point and we are doing it whether with our work, speech or films. And that is why I feel films are an important medium, because we as an industry can reach out to people only through our films.” Kangana is next working on “Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi”.

Reacting to comparisons between her look for the movie and Deepika’s get-up in Padmavati”, Kangana said: “Our film is a different film. It’s a film about a warrior queen who fought against British empire. I feel we should feel ashamed that we didn’t make any film earlier based on her life. “I think we should honour real heroes like Rani Lakshmibai, which we are doing through our film. In future as well, we will make an effort in that direction and all we need is support from the media.” Kangana’s “Manikarnika – The Queen of Jhansi”, directed by Krish, is scheduled to release in April 2018.

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Nov 282017
 

Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut’s sister Rangoli Chandel’s baby boy Prithvi Raj Chandel has turned 13 days old and the Ranaut family had a grand celebration with local food and music according to traditional rituals followed in Himachal Pradesh

Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut’s sister Rangoli Chandel’s baby boy Prithvi Raj Chandel has turned 13 days old and the Ranaut family had a grand celebration with local food and music according to traditional rituals followed in their native place, Himachal Pradesh. Rangoli Chandel shared pictures on Twitter from the function called ‘Gantryala’, but Kangana was seemingly missing from the get-together owing to the injury she sustained on the sets of ‘Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi’.

Kangana Ranaut's sister Rangoli Chandel's son turns 13 days old, see photos from family celebration
Rangoli Chandel with husband Ajay and son Prithvi Raj Chandel. Picture courtesy: Rangoli Chandel’s Twitter account

See all the photos shared by Rangoli Chandel on Twitter:

PrithviRaj turns 13 days, this occasion is celebrated in Himachal with Pooja, local food and songs ðÂÂÂÂÂ?ÂÂÂÂÂ?ÂÂÂÂÂ? same post wid #spellingcorrection ðÂÂÂÂÂ?ÂÂÂÂÂ?ÂÂÂÂÂ? pic.twitter.com/cubm3uQ9JA

— Rangoli Chandel (@Rangoli_A)
November 27, 2017

Gratitude , Happiness and celebrations in local style !!! ðÂÂÂÂÂ?ÂÂÂÂÂ?ðÂÂÂÂÂ?ÂÂÂÂÂ?ðÂÂÂÂÂ?ÂÂÂÂÂ? #Gantryalapic.twitter.com/5prMYccSY7

— Rangoli Chandel (@Rangoli_A)
November 27, 2017

It’s called Gantryala !!! ðÂÂÂÂÂ?ÂÂÂÂÂ?ÂÂÂÂÂ? pic.twitter.com/9gYq8Ld05Y

— Rangoli Chandel (@Rangoli_A)
November 27, 2017

On November 16, Rangoli Chandel took to Twitter to share the news of giving birth to a baby boy. She wrote, “Dear friends meet our son Prithvi Raj Chandel… My little munchkin”

Dear friends meet our son Prithvi Raj Chandel ðÂÂÂÂÂ?ÂÂÂÂÂ? pic.twitter.com/5k7JcUBV15

— Rangoli Chandel (@Rangoli_A)
November 16, 2017

My little munchkin !!!! ðÂÂÂÂÂ?ÂÂÂÂÂ?ðÂÂÂÂÂ?ÂÂÂÂÂ?ðÂÂÂÂÂ?ÂÂÂÂÂ?ðÂÂÂÂÂ?ÂÂÂÂÂ?ÂÂÂÂÂ?ðÂÂÂÂÂ?ÂÂÂÂÂ?ÂÂÂÂÂ?ðÂÂÂÂÂ?ÂÂÂÂÂ?ÂÂÂÂÂ?ðÂÂÂÂÂ?ÂÂÂÂÂ?ÂÂÂÂÂ? pic.twitter.com/FhsGw5cvNE

— Rangoli Chandel (@Rangoli_A)
November 16, 2017

In 2011, Rangoli tied the knot with her childhood love Ajay Chandel in Delhi. The couple has been married for seven years and Prithvi is their first child. Earlier, confirming about Rangoli’s pregnancy, Kangana had told mid-day, “It will be the first grandchild in the family. And naturally, my parents and the entire family are overjoyed!” The National Award-winning actress was always by Rangoli’s side during her pregnancy, taking care of her.

During her pregnancy, Rangoli, who also manages Kangana’s work, took a break from her work and therefore wasn’t seen with Kangana, which flamed rumours of a rift between the two sisters. “I have been by Kangana’s side ever since she started off as an actress. She has not only supported us but has also made our careers. I have taken a break from work since I am pregnant and have been advised bed rest,” Rangoli had said earlier.

Also read: Kangana Ranaut suffers ligament tear on Manikarnika sets: ‘Was secretly hoping that I get hurt’

Meanwhile, Kangana Ranaut, who has been shooting for the biopic on Rani Laxmibai ‘Manikarnika’, has had her ligament torn while pulling a stunt. “The accident took place when Kangana was performing the iconic scene in fort Mehrangarh, Jodhpur where Laxmi Bai jumps off a 40 feet wall with Damodar her child tied to her back on to ahorse back,” Kangana’s spokesperson told. “Kangana didn’t land properly and in an attempt to save the kid from any injury, she ended up hurting her ankle. She was taken to a hospital immediately in the early morning hours as the crew was filming nights. The X ray was done and it turned out to be a ligament tear,” the spokesperson added.

With the rest of the filming stalled till Kangana gets well, the stunt that injured Kangana, ” was the last dangerous stunt” left to film. “Kangana has been advised rest for one week till she has to keep the cast on. The crew will resume filming as soon as the cast comes off. She is almost done with her shoot, only had one more day to shoot there. Iconic war scene was being shot. Therefore the shoot has not been halted because of the injury,” said the spokesperson.

Directed by National Award winning director Krish, the film is scheduled for release on April 27 next year. It also features Sonu Sood, Suresh Oberoi, Atul Kulkarni and Ankita Lokhande.

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Nov 232017
 

kanganaActress Kangana Ranaut, who has been shooting for the biopic on Rani Laxmibai “Manikarnika”, has had her ligament torn while pulling a stunt.

“The accident took place when Kangana was performing the iconic scene in fort Mehrangarh, Jodhpur where Laxmi Bai jumps off a 40 feet wall with Damodar her child tied to her back on to a horse back,” Kangana’s spokesperson told IANS.

“Kangana didn’t land properly and in an attempt to save the kid from any injury, she ended up hurting her ankle. She was taken to a hospital immediately in the early morning hours as the crew was filming nights. The X ray was done and it turned out to be a ligament tear,” the spokesperson added.

With the rest of the filming stalled till Kangana gets well, the stunt that injured Kangana, ” was the last dangerous stunt” left to film.

“Kangana has been advised rest for one week till she has to keep the cast on. The crew will resume filming as soon as the cast comes off. She is almost done with her shoot, only had one more day to shoot there. Iconic war scene was being shot. Therefore the shoot has not been halted because of the injury,” said the spokesperson.

Directed by National Award winning director Krish, the film is scheduled for release on April 27 next year.
It also features Sonu Sood, Suresh Oberoi, Atul Kulkarni and Ankita Lokhande.

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Nov 042017
 

Actress Kangana Ranaut, known to speak her mind despite the reactions her words elicit, says it is difficult to remain “headstrong” in Bollywood as there are always people who try to make one “feel insignificant”. But she continues to fight it.

Kangana Ranaut
Kangana Ranaut

“Being an outsider in the business, I have fought to carve a niche for myself. I have also been opinionated and I choose to express my views openly,” Kangana told IANS in an email interview.

“In our industry, it becomes difficult to remain headstrong as you are often judged for not following the status quo. There will always be a segment that will try to make you feel insignificant, but it is important to channel your strength and confidence and work hard to triumph. It’s important to grow a distinct voice to break the clutter,” added the National Award winner.

Kangana, a Reebok brand ambassador, is a part of the second edition of the brand’s #FitToFight campaign, which fights looming gender demons of eve-teasing and pay disparity. The actress has been actively talking about her struggle in the industry as well as her relationships with actors like Aditya Pancholi and Hrithik Roshan. She tagged filmmaker Karan Johar as a “flagbearer of nepotism” during his chat show. Does she consider herself “mentally tough and fit to fight”? “Absolutely,” she said.

“My experiences in life, on the personal and professional fronts, have helped shape the individual I am today. There have been moments in my life when it was very difficult to continue working in unfavourable conditions. But I fought my way, to make a mark for myself.

“I realised the importance of being tough, both mentally and physically, which encouraged me to deliver my best regardless of the odds. In my journey, I learned that challenges may always beset you, but if one is strong-willed and determined, you can overcome them,” added Kangana, often tagged the “Queen” of Bollywood.

In her last released film “Simran”, she played an imperfectly perfect girl who wants to lead life on her own terms. Does she think such characters hardly exist in real life where girls are always following the norm? “My career trajectory is full of characters and films where I am trying to redefine the conventional heroine tag. I think it is important to reinvent oneself continuously and diversify your craft.

“I have been fortunate that I have worked in path-breaking films such as ‘Fashion’, ‘Tanu Weds Manu’, ‘Queen’ and ‘Simran’ where I play individualistic characters. I do know ‘Queen’ had a strong impact on viewers. I always choose to do roles where there is a message being delivered that makes the viewer think differently and shapes their choices,” said the actress, who will next be seen in “Manikarnika”.

She also feels “there are many women who aspire to dream bigger and better” and she is one of them. Kangana, who comes from a small town in Himachal Pradesh, says her circumstances never discouraged her from chasing her dreams. “I encourage women to believe in their strength and value their hard work. My motto has always been to follow my own path and not succumb to norms. I believe it’s important to celebrate yourself and grow with each experience,” she said. This is what she is trying to promote with the #FitToFight campaign.

“I hope to inspire other girls through my stories of courage, faith and conviction. I truly believe in the limitless potential that every woman possesses to be physically, mentally and socially fit. I do hope my story and journey of facing adversities, fighting obstacles and emerging stronger and fitter, will inspire other women to be Fit to Fight,” she said.

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Oct 162017
 

On Monday, at MAMI there were only women panelists belonging to varied fields. It was a treat to watch such talented women talking about women empowerment and speaking their hearts out about the drastic gender inequality in the field of Indian cinema. ‘Lights, Camera, and Equality’ is the motto of Oxfam- an international confederation of the charitable organization. Bollywood members like Shabana Azmi, Kiran Rao, Nandita Das, Manisha Koirala and Kriti Sanon amongst others were present at this occasion. Ecstatic about the collaboration, Kiran Rao says it’s a great ‘synergy’. Further talking about Oxfam, Rao adds, “Oxfam’s initiative is to get together women and talk about gender issues and how much change you are going to make to the world.”

Veteran Shabana Azmi affirmed that the change has started, though it’s just a ‘drop in the ocean’, it has begun. So, as an extension to this topic, mid-day exclusively got in touch with the actresses present at the Oxfam Best Film on Gender Equality.

When quizzed Kiran Rao, who does she considers the powerhouse of an actress from Bollywood, with the immense crowd-pulling potential to cinema halls, she said it would be difficult to take names, but spoke about the actresses who made a mark with their roles.

“People like Vidya Balan, Rani Mukherjee, Kangana Ranaut, Alia Bhatt are the ones, who’ve chosen roles that are outside of the expected game. When a very very glamorous actress decides that she wants to be a farmer, a house-help in the film. Maybe they’ve chosen a role, which is not like the stereotype, we see in Hindi films. I think they are definitely pushing the envelope.”

Rao spoke at length about Kangana Ranaut. “With every film she does, she tries to do something. She chooses films where women play a crucial part, and it’s not that they are extremely heroic. They maybe anti-heroes. You see a woman thinking big and making decisions for their layered personality, their character. I think those are the women who are pushing the envelope.”

Neha Dhupia, too, mentioned Kangana amongst other actresses, for being influential women. She determinately said, “I think there’s Alia Bhatt, Kangana Ranaut, Deepika Padukone. I take Deepika’s name again and again because I was floored by what she did in Piku. That’s one of her best performances as far as I’m concerned. Yes, there’s this opportunity of magnum opus like Padmavati waiting to watch out, but she played it even beautifully in a small film, so I think these three women can for sure.”

The 90s diva Manisha Koirala, too, considers Kangana Ranaut as a powerful actress apart from Deepika Padukone. “There are some really strong actresses coming forward and portraying themselves in a different way. I love Deepika Padukone very much because she’s upper-talented and spoke about depression. She was able to come out of that glamour and class and finally put across her issue and she could have had a real problem…”

“And of course, Kangana has always been there. More and more women could come forward and stop playing blame-game and (was she hinting at Hrithik Roshan and Kangana row?) probably finding a creative solution to the situation because I believe there is more way of coming out with peaceful solutions to every problem,” added Manisha.

However, present at the Oxfam event was a young actress from the current crop, Kriti Sanon, who went the neutral said, ” I think we are in a time where content is something that pulls the audience to the cinema halls. I think that’s a good change, where the film is not actor-dependent, it is but not so much, and that kind of balances out the equality thing that we have.”

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Oct 132017
 

kangana_adityaKangana Ranaut recently made a startling revelation in a television interview stating, “Aditya Pancholi got an apartment for me but didn’t allow my friends to come there. It was a kind of house arrest. Then I went to meet his wife. His daughter is a year older than me. I was a minor”.

Narrating the incident, she revealed, “I remember going to his wife (Zarina Wahab) and meeting her, and I was like ‘Please save me! I’m younger than your daughter. I can’t tell my parents. She said to me that they were relieved that he was not at home otherwise he raised his hand on domestic helpsand others. She said it’s actually good for us if he is not around, so I can’t help you”.

Now, Aditya and his wife Zarina had sent a legal notice to Kangana. Aditya spoke about the same to a leading daily, “I am not angry, but I am definitely hurt by Kangana’s act”.

He revealed, “The legal team sent Kangana and her sister Rangoli notices, but their response wasn’t up to the mark. We asked them to apologise unconditionally on the same national platforms where Kangana made those derogatory remarks against me. Eventually, her sister and she dragged even my son, daughter and wife into all this. That’s the reason Zarina and I decided to file a defamation case against her, which is both civil and criminal”.

Asked if his complaint is related to Kangana’s controversy with Hrithik Roshan, he stated, “My case against Kangana has nothing to do with what is happening between Hrithik and her. Hrithik can deal with his own issues, but I’m clear that I will not keep quiet about whatever is bothering me. Cases are fought on merit and evidence. Remarks and statements will not come handy in the court of law,proofwill. The onus to prove her merit lies with her. Once the case is up for hearing, we’ll know”.

“Kangana has no right to talk about my family and me in such a manner. Why should I shut up? If I don’t fight for my family, who will? If someone makes remarks about my family, should I lock myself up in a room and sit tight? Someone has to put an end to her lies, and the only way to do it is through the law. I don’t want to stoop to her level”, concludes Aditya.

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Oct 122017
 

Hrithik Roshan recently gave a tell-all interview to a popular news channel and a host, where he explained his side of the story in the big Kangana Ranaut vs Hrithik Roshan fight. Hrithik, denied being involved with the actress and has sought help of the police force to help him sort out his mess. He also feels that his silence was being misconstrued as his weakness and that he has now decided to speak up. Soon, after this interview aired, Bollywood celebs decided to show their solidarity for Hrithik and decided to stand by him. Not just actors, but even actresses posted their thoughts about the Kangana-Hrithik fight, but it was obvious that their views were partisan. 

Hrithik, however gave another statement asking his friends to not take sides. The most vocal support that he received from the fraternity came from Farhan Akhtar, who is known to voice his opinion on ‘women oriented’ issues. However, all seems to be forgotten as Hrithik was seen partying with Farhan Akhtar, Farah Khan, Tabu and few other friends from the industry. Filmmaker Karan Johar was also spotted at the soiree and he shared a pic with Hrithik on his Instagram page. 

Seems like all is fine now that the industry has decided to back Hrithik and cheer him up from his personal woes. The past few years have been tough on Hrithik due to personal and professional issues. His film ‘Mohenjo Daro’ bombed badly at the box-office and his wife of 17 years, Sussanne Khan decided to separate from him. 

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Oct 102017
 

The controversy between Kangana Ranaut and Hrithik Roshan won’t die down soon. On the contrary, it continues to scale new heights. After his elaborate post on Facebook in which he refuted all allegations from Kangana by stating that it is him who is the real victim and urged people not to term the controversy as a lovers’ spat, Hrithik opened up about his alleged relationship with the actress in an exclusive interview with CNN-News18’s Bhupendra Chaubey

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Oct 092017
 

After maintaining his silence for the longest time, Hrithik Roshan has finally opened up on his and Kangana Ranaut spat. The saga seems to be a never-ending one. In an interview to a leading channel, while speaking about the accusations made on him by Kangana and sister Rangoli, he was prodded if it was the Kangana factor which led to his separation from Sussanne Khan.

It was in 2014, that Hrithik announced his separation from his then-wife of 17 years, which took the nation by storm. For the maiden time, he bared it about his divorce from Sussanne and it’s not due to Kangana.

Confirming about the same, he stated, “Absolutely not. Sussanne has been very very vocal about this. She has been very vocal. And I feel like laughing at people. When people get divorced, it is not always because of infidelity by the man. That is just such a small minded assumption. I am just trying to say that there are many reasons why people would like to live separate lives. Infidelity is just one of them. So the general assumption was, ‘Ah he is the superstar, he must have done something wrong. She must have caught him..’ That is not the case. We are great friends. It is between us. The reason that we decided to live separately may have been an inspiring reason, how do you know?”

The estranged couple is often spotted holidaying at exquisite locations with sons Hrehaan and Hredaan. Apart from vacationing together, the duo is also spotted for luncheons and dinners in the city.

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Oct 092017
 

The spat between Kangana Ranaut and Hrithik Roshan seems to be getting messier with each passing day, leaving Bollywood and their fans perplexed about what’s going to happen next. Controversies are pouring in with each new development and the nation is visibly divided between who is right and who is wrong.

What started as a candid mention about a ‘silly ex’ during one of her interviews has become a matter of grave importance and it will be a lie if we say that we are not interested in knowing how the upcoming events will unfold. Almost everyone is curious to know who is telling the truth, and while Kangana has been vocal about her side of the story since the beginning, it is only now that Hrithik has spoken up about the issue. He finally broke his silence on Thursday, revealing certain details that we weren’t aware about.

Ever since this controversy played out in full public view, fans have been taking sides of their respective celebrities and in all honesty most of the views were emotion-driven. Not many focused on the facts or details that were revealed throughout. Even most celebrities chose to stay away from this discussion. Also there is no denying that from the beginning of this controversy, people have conveniently charged guns towards Hrithik, making him the bad guy without any strong evidence. Not that we are trying to demean Kangana but at least, let’s not jump to any conclusions before the issue is sorted out. And that’s exactly what actor Farhan Akhtar too appealed to his fans in a moving Facebook post about the whole issue.  

Farhan Akhtar Speaks Up About Hrithik-Kangana Controversy© film kraft

Without naming the two parties, Hrithik’s ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’ co-star expressed his concern over how some sections of media have “consciously or unconsciously, pushed one side of the narrative WITHOUT having or presenting any evidence to back the claims being made by the woman. They’ve accepted her story at face value.” He even raised the issue of discrimination against the other party.

Farhan Akhtar Speaks Up About Hrithik-Kangana Controversy© Facebook

He further states that “Although it is true that in most cases it is a woman that has been wronged, there is a difference between ‘most’ and ‘all’.” He also points out the various details that most of us either forgot to notice or didn’t care about while taking a stand on behalf of our favourite celebrities. He even urges people to not take sides since no one knows what the truth is. This is what he posted on facebook. 

Other celebs too commended Farhan’s words and shared similar thoughts.

Beautifully  written Farhan….it’s important…it’s true! https://t.co/zoY4VKahfw

— Karan Johar (@karanjohar) 8 October 2017

Well written and very fair Farhan. I concur. https://t.co/NXBUAiLq3O

— Sonam Kapoor (@sonamakapoor) October 8, 2017

Powerful thought https://t.co/rlXj3Qg5Mv

— Yami Gautam (@yamigautam) October 8, 2017

In fact, actress Yami Gautam too took to Facebook to share her thoughts about the entire controversy, which is only worsening with each day. She even urges people to not make it a gender war.

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