Kangana Ranaut is an Indian film actress, known for her versatility and portrayal of strong female-centric movies. She has received four National Film Awards, five Filmfare Awards and in 2020, she was honoured with the Padma Shri, the country's fourth-highest civilian award.
In 2004, she auditioned for the lead role in the romantic thriller Gangster, directed by Anurag Basu and produced by Mahesh Bhatt. The movie was released in 2006 with a lot of critical and commercial success. Between 2006 and 2009, the 35-year-old had many films, including Fashion which won her first National Film Award for playing a supermodel coping with substance abuse.
In 2011, she was cast in Anand L Rai's Tanu Weds Manu, a romantic comedy opposite R Madhavan, a game-changer in her own words as she was typecast for playing neurotic characters.
The actress established herself in 2014 when she featured in Queen. The film received unanimous acclaim from critics and was a major box office hit. She received both the Filmfare Award and the National Film Award for Best Actress for it.
In 2017, she was starred in Vishal Bhardwaj's Rangoon, and Hansal Mehta's Simran, both of which failed to garner commercial success.
In recent times, the actress Ranaut has been awarded her fourth Best Actress Award for Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi, and Panga, released in 2019 and 2020, respectively.
In 2021, she appeared in the biopic Thalaivii, in which she and Arvind Swamy played the actor-turned-politicians J. Jayalalithaa and M. G. Ramachandran.
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The actor identifies with the right-wing and is a supporter of the Bharatiya Janata Party and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. She is active on Twitter and often expresses her political views, religious affiliation and activities, and voices criticism of liberals.
Her confrontational manner, as evidenced in several well-reported public clashes with colleagues around her views, has attracted some media scrutiny.
In 2020, a Bollywood casting director filed a plea against Ranaut for defaming Bollywood, portraying people working in it in a bad light with claims of nepotism, drug addiction, communal bias, attempting to create a rift between artistes of different communities, insulting religions on social media and through public statements. Another FIR was filed by a city-based lawyer for allegedly posting a "malicious" tweet against the judiciary. Later, Ranaut and her sister Rangoli Chandel moved the Bombay High Court seeking to quash the FIRs filed against them.
In May 2021, Twitter suspended Ranaut's account for repeated violations of rules, specifically its "Hateful Conduct and Abusive Behaviour policy.
Following her Padma Shri honour, she at an event said the independence India obtained in 1947 was "bheek" (alms) and that the country truly became free in 2014, in reference to the BJP coming to power at the Centre under Narendra Modi.
The statement was strongly condemned and various organisations demanded the revocation of her civilian award.