Kangana Ranaut, who is currently riding high on the success of her film Manikarnika – The Queen of Jhansi, says Bollywood celebrities are ganging up against her. Earlier, the actress called out a few celebrities like Aamir Khan and Alia Bhatt for not showing support towards her films. The Queen actress criticised them for contacting her for the screenings of their films and not returning the favour.
During a media interaction at the special screening of the film held for school children on February 7, Kangana threatened to “expose” everybody in the Hindi film industry.
“Earlier, I used to stand up against sexism, pay disparity and nepotism in Bollywood but now, I will expose everybody. One thing is for sure that they have called for trouble by ganging up against me,” she said.
When asked if she thinks Manikarnika would have got more benefit if her colleagues have promoted it, Kangana said: “I don’t think promotions of my film by other actors will benefit my film. I have already won three national awards and at the age of 31, I have become a filmmaker so who are they to promote me? If they get successful in promoting themselves then, it will be a huge thing for them.”
The 31-year-old actress, who has earlier stood up against nepotism that prevails in the industry, strongly believes that people from the industry are bullying her for speaking up.
“I want to ask that whether Rani Laxmibai is my aunt? She is the iconic figure of this country so, why are they behaving like this? It’s just because I talked about nepotism. They all have ganged up against me asking me why I have talked about nepotism,” Kangana said.
“It’s like a class full of students where the class of 59 students are ganging up against one student and they are constantly bullying him so, tell me how does it feels?” she added.
Labelling the Bollywood celebrities as shameless, the actress went on to explain why they should support her film.
“They are shameless people and some of them are my grandfather’s age. I don’t want to work with them and I say this to them on their face but we have made this film based on Rani Lamxibai for our future generation because she sacrificed her life for this land,” said Kangana.
Meanwhile, Manikarnika is showing a steady performance at the Box Office. It has minted Rs 84.55 crore in two weeks.
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.