Actors lead a hectic life and Kangana Ranauat is no exception. Just recently, the young lady bought herself a double bedroom flat in Bandra and to be part of happiness, her parents came down all the way from Manali to Mumbai. But their daughter didn’t have time to spend with them. “She was busy shooting and travelling. Kangana was in Istanbul shooting for Roshan and then in Malaysia,” says a source close to the actress. The result was, her parents had to leave without getting to spend much time with her. “She had no time at all to be with them. So now Kangana after completing her schedule, has taken 15 days break to be with her parents in Manali. She will return back to the city after spending quality time with them,” the source reveals.
Kangana Ranaut’s joy of shooting songs for Samir Karnik’s ‘Roshan’ in home state Himachal Pradesh was short-lived after capricious weather played spoil sport. The unit had to return without canning the scenes and will now head for Mauritius.
“We had gone to Manali to shoot songs for Samir’s ‘Roshan’. We chose an untouched location far away in the hills. How were we to know that we’d have to return without shooting the songs?” asks Kangana.
Hailing from the Himachal, Kangana actually was pretty ecstatic at the locations chosen. “But our joy was soon gone when it began to rain. Bobby (Deol) and I were stuck in a tent in the middle of nowhere for almost a week,” Kangana said. “We’d rush out when the rain stopped. But as soon the camera was set up and we got into position we’d have to rush back into the tent,” she added.
Eventually, the unit had to comply with the meteorological moodiness. “The direc tor turned the song into a rain-oriented number. But guess what happened? The torrential rains then decided to turn into a drizzle. The rushes looked like scratches on the camera lenses. Now we’ll be shooting in Mauritius next month. Let’s hope the rain gods will be kinder there,” she complaints.
Although it is an up market subject, even the masses and small town cinegoers are flocking to the theatres,” insisted ‘Metro’ director Anurag Basu at the party to celebrate the success of the movie.
So when would the sequel be flagged off? “We are still working on the script of the sequel to ‘Life in a Metro’ besides three other subjects. Undoubtedly, I would love to repeat my discovery and ‘mascot’ actor Kangana Ranaut and the rest of the cast in the proposed sequel,” informs Basu Meanwhile Ram Mirchandani, creative big boss at UTV , claims that “the global collections of ‘Metro’, which have crossed Rs 32 crores, is several times the movie budget. It’s second only to the UTV produced blockbuster ‘Rang De Basanti’,” he claimed.
Not surprisingly, Kangana is on cloud nine now that her mentor’s film ‘Metro’ is a runaway hit. But wasn’t she acting pricey ? ” Frankly speaking, I am turning down only those offers where there is no scope for intense performance. After my complex role in ‘Woh Lamhe’ for which I won all the possible ‘Best Debut’ awards there are huge expectations from me .Even if there were foreign or Hollywood movie offers, because of my fair, Western look, I would consider them only if it’s a proper lead where I get to make an impact. For that matter I am game even for arty or regional films provided the role is exciting enough,” says Kangana, adding, “Right now, I’m involved only in my career.”
Tis gal has come into the industry with loads of luck. Leave alone her hits, her line-up of films and numerous controversies, this gal is now being compared to none other than the best. Yeah, even to the dimpled darlin’ of tinsel town – Preity Zinta. And, this is the talk of the trade, for a lot of industry folks have drawn similarities. Kangana Ranaut flaunts a chic dressing sense (PZ is one of the best dressed in the industry), she has a penchant for unconventional roles (remember, Preity started her career with films like Dil Se and Kya Kehna), and, of course, she’s so frank that she sometimes shocks us (should we remind you that the zinda dil Zinta was once called the ‘hero’ of Bollywood?). Who knows, probably, Ranaut is actually modelling herself on Preity Zinta. We wonder what ‘the one and only’ Preity has to say to this, though.
She’s already acknowledged as a powerhouse actress where emoting is concerned, but did you know that Kangna Ranaut also excels in designing clothes – for herself, we mean. Yes, the actress designs almost 90 per cent of her clothes, be it on screen or off it, and is already setting trends. And of course, having such a great body, half her work is already done for her. We don’t know if the other designers are feeling left out though. But one thing is for sure, Kangna’s supermodel body, talent and star presence is a combination that is hard to resist. No wonder, director Sameer Karnik has recently signed her for his next film opposite Bobby Deol. Sure, Kangna is fast becoming any filmmaker’s delight.
Kangana Ranaut claims to be undergoing a lifestyle change. She’s spending time meditating and doing yoga. She says, “I believe in Karamyoga. The idea is not to get Moksha, but to awaken my subconscious mind. I have given up salt, alcohol, physical relationships and even my friend circle. I will get married and have kids at the right time. I wear only white clothes these days.”
The actor insists that she is not exactly a yogi. She says, “Right now I am completely into my work, meditation and pranayam and classical singing. It gives me tremendous joy. I have been into meditation and yoga since I was 13, but that was a restless age. Today at 20, I feel more responsible. But I am not some kind of yogi. If you see me at public events or on the sets, you will hardly know what I am going through in my personal life.”
Kangana has her reasons for choosing this path. She says, “Life here is so stressful, I don’t want to lose my innocence, which I possessed when I came to Mumbai. People might sneer that I’m trying to become a saint at this age but one has to preserve oneself in this world.”
Kangana Ranaut’s motive to learn classical singing is to improve her much-criticised dialogue delivery. Kangana Ranaut is confident that classical singing will help improve her voice quality. She says, “I’m sick and tired of people complaining about my dialogue delivery. I didn’t want to just take diction and voice classes.”
Kangana’s says that her teacher was initially hesitant but she stubbornly insisted on learning classical music. Her novel approach involves waking up very early. She says, “I wake up religiously at four in the morning to get ready for my riyaaz. My guru is Amitabh Chakraborty. He arrives on the dot at five in the morning. We practice for a good two hours before I leave for shooting. I’m grateful my Guruji agreed to teach me at this age. He says one learn classical singing either before 13 or after 40. I don’t fit into either category. Stubborn as ever, I insisted and now Guruji is very happy with my progress.”
Apparently Kangana’s neighbours were initially wary of the sounds emanating from the Ranauts’ residence but now they’ve gotten used to it. The music isn’t over just yet. Kangana says, “Next I plan to learn to play the guitar. May be Saif and I can perform at a concert together.”
“It was like one of those delayed reactions. Only now I realise how close I was to death,” Kangana trembles at the memory. On Monday morning Kangana and a host of Bollywood‘s dignitaries including Shiamak Davar and his dance troupe were aboard a flight bringing them back from an Bollywood award event held in Yorkshire. Shudders Kangana, “The flight back to Mumbai was via Delhi. We landed in Delhi in the morning. Immediately after take-off from Mumbai the aircraft started to act funny, and it was brought back to Delhi. We were told to disembark. But nobody was in the mood. Look, we had all been out of the country at a hectic event, performing, giving and receiving awards, sightseeing, dancing. Everyone just wanted to get home. I had my sister Rangoli waiting for me. I badly wanted to see her.” After all the passengers were forced to disembark some of the Bollywood passengers objected strongly. Says Kangana, “After four hours of delay we were finally put back on the same aircraft and brought to Mumbai. The funniest thing was even when I was on my way to Yorkshire our flight got delayed because of a snag. I wonder if I carry snags with me when I fly,” she jokes. Kangana had a ball in Yorkshire. She’s back to a truck load of rumours. “I’m supposed to have badmouthed Aamir Khan and I’m supposed to be seeing an Akshay from the industry. Will someone tell me if it’s Akshaye Khanna or Akshay Kumar? I find both very hot.”
Sometimes, Bollywood can be a messy place to be in, as young Kangana Ranaut is finding out. The actor has been in the news recently because of a bad phase in her personal life, but at the same time is getting accolades for her performances – she recently won an award too. While detractors may say unpleasant things about the events in her life, it is a fact that the youngster is trying her best to cope alone in a strange city. But if youâ€™ve been wondering why sheâ€™s suddenly gone underground, let us clarify that the lady is very much in the midst of her schedule in the outskirts of Chennai, shooting for a Tamil film that she signed up recently, and thatâ€™s the reason sheâ€™s been unreachable of late. At least thatâ€™s one lesson that Kangana seems to have learnt quickly – whatever happens, the show must go on!