14 years ago, Kangana Ranaut made her Bollywood debut with Anurag Basu’s Gangster. The talented actress captured the interest of the audience with her very first film. She received rave reviews for her performance and then there was no looking back for Kangana. Ever since she has only grown from strength to strength to become one of the most acclaimed and popular actors today.
It is a known fact that Kangana made it on her own and faced a lot of hardships. She started acting at the age of 17, and her debut film released when she was 18. However, very few are aware of how Kangana dealt with logistics even after her debut film.
On the 14th anniversary of her debut, Kangana revealed how when she won the best actress award for the film didn’t have finances even to travel to Singapore to collect her award, and a friend collected it on her behalf. She said,
“I had no idea that I was nominated. When the team was leaving for the event, they asked me about my travel plans. I had no idea how to go to Singapore, where to stay, and I was too embarrassed to even ask my crew about ticket prices. So I missed that opportunity. When I won Bobby Singh, DOP of Gangster and Queen, who is sadly no more, called and said he is getting my trophy. I was thrilled and it’s one of my fondest memories.”
In the past 14 years, Kangana has made a mark not just as an actor, but also as a writer and a filmmaker. Her Directorial debut Manikarnika went on the become one of the highest-grossing female-led films. The film also received rave reviews and did excellent business worldwide. It was also one of the few Indian films to release in Japan, and broke Box Office records there too.
Kangana was recently conferred Padmi Shri award by the honorable government of India.