Kangana Ranaut, who is basking in the glory of her latest film, Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi, has made a fresh attack on her contemporaries claiming that she has been always “absolutely ignored” by Bollywood.
The National Award-winning actress spoke about how the people from the Hindi film industry never supported her work.
In a recent interview to Pinkvilla, the Queen actress said, “In 2014, I don’t think all the accolades were for me, it was for Phantom who was coming up and there were having screenings after screenings for people of Vikas and Anurag Kashyap. They had a lot of friends, so they used to come. I have always been absolutely ignored. After Tanu Weds Manu also I have had so many trials, they would just not come. But when it comes to them, they call me shamelessly, I even sort of cancel my shoots and make sure I attend them. Now, I have stopped because it’s getting too much.”
She also revealed that Alia Bhatt is among those who sent trailers of their films to Kangana.
“These girls send me their trailers like Alia (Bhatt) sent me the trailer of Raazi and said, ‘Please watch it’. For me, it was not a Karan Johar film or Alia film, for me, it was a film on Sehmat Khan, the girl who has given her everything to the country,” the actress said.
“How do these people become so petty? How do these people look at a film, like for an individual, “Arre yaar, iska na kuch ho jaye, main chup baithta hoon!” How do they do that? How does it even work? For me, this is a revelation that this film, what Rani Laxmibai has done, is this freedom only mine? Doesn’t it belong to anybody else?,” she added.
Kangana further claimed that she never received the same support she offered to the actors of Bollywood.
“When Aamir called me for Dangal, Secret Superstar, I went all the way to Ambani’s house. Dangal, for me, was a film about women empowerment. But they don’t have time for any of my trails. I have two-three films coming up, but I don’t expect people to write about them,” Kangana said.
Meanwhile, Manikarnika has minted Rs 80.95 crore as it enters the second week of its release.
Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi is a film that captures the life story of Rani Laxmibai. Directed by Radha Krishna Jagarlamudi and Kangana Ranaut, the film also stars Danny Denzongpa, Zeeshan Ayyub, Ankita Lokhande, Atul Kulkarni, Suresh Oberoi, and Jisshu Sengupta in pivotal roles.
Produced by Zee Studios, in association with Kamal Jain and Nishant Pitti, the film released on 25 January.