What does it feel to take back home a trophy not once, not twice but thrice? What does it feel to be a ‘one woman army’ in the Hindi film industry? What does it feel to be proved third time lucky on winning the country’s most prestigious award? What does it feel to be rewarded not just for looking great on screen but staging a heart-melting dynamite performance? A role that makes the audience weep for the emotional connect it brings?
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The business of entertainment is strange but convincing, romantic and nostalgic, heart-felt and moving, full of tears but full of satisfaction too. This is the story of Kangana Ranaut. The Queen of Bollywood, the middle town girl from Himachal who has won the National Award for her film Tanu Weds Manu Returns as announced by the 63rd National Awards for films on March 28 by the Information and Broadcasting ministry.
Tanu Weds Manu Returns is an endearing plot where Ranaut plays a double role – as Tanu, the troublesome wife and Dattoo, the Haryanvi sportsperson. Kangana pulled off both these roles brilliantly. There is no way you could miss out her Haryanvi accent and dressing in the film. Her sense of comic timing was like a fresh breath of air in the highly melodramatic film.
How did Kangana feel on getting the most precious news? The Krissh 3 actor who turned 29 on March 23 this year said in a statement to India Today, “It’s the best birthday gift I could ever get. I am thrilled and feel blessed. Specially since Mr Bachchan is the best actor with me. Now I am thinking about what to wear for the ceremony.” How sweet a comment from her!
The best thing about this award is the hat-trick Kangana brings to the table. The two movies for which Kangana was bestowed the National Award earlier on was in year 2008 as the best supporting actress in the film ‘Fashion’ directed by Madhur Bhandarkar, followed by year 2014 where Kangana got the Best Actress trophy for the film ‘Queen’ directed by Vikas Bahl.
Want to know how Kangana got the news of the third National Award? She was on her trip to Manali in Himachal Pradesh to her Nani’s house when she got the news on phone “I am in Manali, on my way to my Nani’s house and Rangoli started getting calls. And we are emotionally paralyzed. My mother started crying on hearing the news. It was unexpected and overwhelming.”
When asked how she plans to celebrate her win, Kangana said, “I think Nani must have made something nice like rajma chawal, kadhi and all of that, so we will have a mini celebration!”
That doesn’t make Kangana Ranaut from sitting pretty and unoccupied. She is busy shooting for her upcoming film Rangoon, which is a love story set during the Second World War. Starring Shahid Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan in the lead roles, the film directed by Vishal Bhardwaj will release on October 14 this year.
Interviewed by the leading national daily Hindustan Times, Kangana Ranaut said “To get an award from the President for your work is a great feeling.”
Kangana is a woman who has made her road into success and awards purely on her own steam. She didn’t have to rely on song and dance roles to make it big. She made it big by carrying the films on her shoulder. She is the one to have made risky career choices. From the time she did her debut film “Gangster”, Kangana’s undeniable talent has taken her places hard to come by from her contemporaries.
You will be surprised to read that in an interview with Barkha Dutt earlier this year, Kangana Ranaut called herself as a “badass”. The life of Ranaut is a cinematic story in itself.
Hope to see more of fun and excitement at the awards ceremony, and pots of awards for Kangy baby in the near future.