KOLKATA: Having proved her mettle in a comic role in the 2011 romantic comedy Tanu Weds Manu, actor Kangana Ranaut on Monday said that she hopes her forthcoming film Rajjo, in which she plays a dancing girl, turns out to be a game changer for her.
The actor broke free of her ‘damsel in distress’ image that she had in films like Gangster, Woh Lamhe and Fashion, through her impressive comic timing in director Anand L Rai’s Tanu Weds Manu, which also gave her a chance to dance.
She fervently wishes Rajjo to be another turning point in her career. “I always wanted to dance. After Fashion, people did not give me comedy roles and Tanu Weds Manu was a game changer for me and now Rajjo has given me another chance to dance and I hope it too becomes a game changer,” she said during the opening of a jewellery showroom in Kolkata.
Busy promoting her next release, Krrish 3, the actor said researching for her role as a nautch girl was a revelation. She was shocked to find that most of the women in the flesh business “really love doing what they do”. “Most don’t even mind being in the flesh business. They really love doing what they do … it’s not that they want to escape or have a different life. It was a shocking thing for me,” she said.
“The ones who are really popular mujra girls, their image is unlike how it is portrayed in Hindi films. They are trained and groomed in the art and craft of wooing men. They are well-spoken and well-mannered and these are the few things that I realised while doing the research.”
Published in The Express Tribune, October 9th, 2013.