Kangana Ranaut: Women are treated badly in the industry
She is the reigning queen of Bollywood but Kangana Ranaut is not ready to forget or forgive the way she was treated as a struggler and the actress says it is high time people changed their attitude towards women.
"When I was struggling people treated me so badly. What happens is a heroine is always dependent on the producer or the hero so no one thought what if someone becomes Kangana Ranaut and then she will never work with me as producer or actor. They should have some shame before they treat women badly. They assume 'kya karegi'. She is just a girl," Kangana told PTI in an interview.
The star says she has adapted a no-nonsense attitude when it comes to dealing with what she calls "double-faced" people.
"They have shown me the worst side that a human can ever see of another human. And these people have double faces. I see them how they would deal with men and how they dealt with me. They kept their worst side for me. Now these people have been tamed."
Kangana, who is currently starring in "Katti Batti" opposite Imran Khan, wants more women like her to emerge to stop this cycle.
"My point is, today I am charging what I am charging because I hold some significance... If two three more women like that come then they will be scared of women."
Talking about how hard it is for women to break into Bollywood, Kangana says they always have to have some kind of backing.
"Even if they want to make it big, they have to come with some security net of a boyfriend or a father... Something.
They can't do it on their own because it is so hard to be in this world where such evil people live."
Kangana has wowed everyone with her chameleon-like ability to transform herself onscreen, which has translated into the back-to-back success of films like "Queen" and "Tanu Weds Manu Returns".
The 28-year-old actress says she always aspired to have that space where people connect with her character rather than her looks.
"I want to connect with people on a higher level, not on a sensual level as in that they don't desire me for just being a hot body. And I get that love. It is not like I am the flavor of season, or they like me for my butt or toned abs. There is nothing wrong in that but it does not last."
Kangana said there was a time when she did the usual dancing around trees roles but she never identified with such parts.
"Usually, my characters are not women who just dance. If at some point I did that, I was not very comfortable with that. I could not relate to it. Because how long will you be able to hold that body and shape?
"I want to be able to do films forever. I want to be able to act when I am old and have grey hair. People who love you they can love you with the buck teeth also. They loved me in 'Queen' because they like raw women and not doll-like women."