Kangana Ranaut's dynamic Bollywood journey from Gangster to Manikarnika

Mar 23, 2018, 09:09 IST
  • Kangana Ranaut's dynamic Bollywood journey from Gangster to Manikarnika

    In her debut Gangster, Kangana Ranaut sported her natural curls. She won the hearts of critics and the masses with her strong performance as a woman torn between two men. She also won the best debut award at most of the award functions. Pic/ Santa Banta

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  • Kangana Ranaut's dynamic Bollywood journey from Gangster to Manikarnika

    When cast in Woh Lamhe as Sana Azeem inspired by Parveen Babi she went all out to become the diva. She carried out this glamorous look very well. Pic/ Santa Banta

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    After tasting success with back to back hits, Shakalaka Boom Boom was her first flop. It was a complete box-office disaster. Pic/ Santa Banta

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    Anurag Basu's Life in a... Metro boasted a multi-star cast but Kangana held her own. Her portrayal of a suicide prone call center employee earned her rave reviews. The film was a hit and cemented her position in Bollywood. Pic/ Santa Banta

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  • Kangana Ranaut's dynamic Bollywood journey from Gangster to Manikarnika

    Cast as a super model who destroys her life and career and spirals downwards due to drug abuse in Fashion. Kangana won the National Award for the best supporting actress. And despite Priyanka Chopra being the lead she walked away with most of the accolades

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  • Kangana Ranaut's dynamic Bollywood journey from Gangster to Manikarnika

    Raaz - The Mystery Continues again saw Kangana portray a super model. This time however her character is haunted by a ghost. The film gave us the chills and was declared a box-office success. Pic/ Santa Banta

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  • Kangana Ranaut's dynamic Bollywood journey from Gangster to Manikarnika

    After a blink and miss role in 'Kites' her next release was Once Upon A Time In Mumbai. She played an actress who is the love interest of a don. The film was a huge success and Kangana looked fabulous in her glamorous avatar

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  • Kangana Ranaut's dynamic Bollywood journey from Gangster to Manikarnika

    Kangana then surprised everyone by starring opposite R.Madhavan in Tanu Weds Manu. Her role of a small town bindass girl won her rave reviews and the film was declared a hit. Pic/ Santa Banta

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  • Kangana Ranaut's dynamic Bollywood journey from Gangster to Manikarnika

    Her next release was the multi-starrer Game in which she played a cop. It was a complete dud. It came and went without a trace. Pic/ Santa Banta

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    After playing disturbing and serious roles in many films, Kangana tried her hand at comedy. Double Dhamaal saw her in a glamorous role yet again. She played Sanjay Dutt's sister in the comic caper. Pic/ Santa Banta

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  • Kangana Ranaut's dynamic Bollywood journey from Gangster to Manikarnika

    Rascals and Miley Naa Miley Hum were her next two releases. Both bombed at the box-office. Even Kangana's bikini act couldn't save Rascals from going down the drain. Pic/ Santa Banta

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  • Kangana Ranaut's dynamic Bollywood journey from Gangster to Manikarnika

    In Tezz, Kangana essayed a role of a housewife Nikita opposite Ajay Devgn

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  • Kangana Ranaut's dynamic Bollywood journey from Gangster to Manikarnika

    In the Sunny Deol starrer I Love New Year, she portrayed the role of a music teacher. Pic/ Santa Banta

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  • Kangana Ranaut's dynamic Bollywood journey from Gangster to Manikarnika

    Shootout at Wadala, a crime drama, saw Kangana playing a housewife, Vidya Joshi, who is married to gangster Manya Surve (John Abraham)

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  • Kangana Ranaut's dynamic Bollywood journey from Gangster to Manikarnika

    Her other forthcoming releases include 'Rangoon' and a Hansal Mehta directorial. Pic/ Santa Banta

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  • Kangana Ranaut's dynamic Bollywood journey from Gangster to Manikarnika

    Kangana played a mutant in Rakesh Roshan's science-fiction film Krrish 3 alongside Hrithik Roshan, Priyanka Chopra and Vivek Oberoi. She had declined the role initially, but on promise of it not being miniscule unlike their earlier collaboration Kites (2010), Kangana agreed to play the part. The film went on to become one of the biggest blockbusters of all time. Pic/Santa Banta

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  • Kangana Ranaut's dynamic Bollywood journey from Gangster to Manikarnika

    Kangana played Alka Singh, an aggressive politician with a criminal record, in the black comedy Revolver Rani opposite Vir Das. The film got a mixed response, but Kangana's performance was well received. Pic/Santa Banta

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  • Kangana Ranaut's dynamic Bollywood journey from Gangster to Manikarnika

    In 2014, Kangana Ranaut established herself in the league of leading actresses with Queen, where she embarks on a self-discovering journey after her fiance (Rajkummar Rao) calls off their wedding. Kangna has confessed that the role of the simple and naive Rani has been one of the toughest she has played. Not only did she act in this coming-of-age comedy, but also co-wrote the dialogues with Anvita Dutt Guptan. She won the Filmfare Award for Best Actress for the film. Pic/Santa Banta

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  • Kangana Ranaut's dynamic Bollywood journey from Gangster to Manikarnika

    Once in a while, an actor overpowers the movie, and Kangana Ranaut does that with Tanu Weds Manu Returns. It takes a lot of effort to take your eyes off this girl, who dazzles with dual performances, as she plays two dramatically diagonal roles - one as the ebullient, effervescent, free spirited Tanu and the other as the rustic Haryanvi, budding athlete Kusum. As she moves from one role to another with such incredible ease, ironically making it increasingly difficult for you to believe that it is the same actor who's played the two roles. Pic/Santa Banta

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  • Kangana Ranaut's dynamic Bollywood journey from Gangster to Manikarnika

    In a world where only a man is accepted to be running away from commitment, Kangana's character in Katti Batti is contemporary. She is open about casual relationships and is honest enough to admit that she won't commit until she checks out the other dudes around. In a refreshing role reversal of kinds, it is the man who's pining after the woman. Kangana has by now proved that she's a brilliant actress, but here she seems to be faltering a bit as if she is desperately looking for a firm footing in terms of a convincing character. And then she shines in the last ten minutes of the film, yet again leaving us in no doubt about what she is capable of. Pic/Santa Banta

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  • Kangana Ranaut's dynamic Bollywood journey from Gangster to Manikarnika

    Kangana Ranaut, whose character in Rangoon is said to be loosely based on actress-stunt woman Fearless Nadia, says her role is not based on any real-life person. A lawsuit was filed against 'Rangoon' maker Vishal Bhardwaj on grounds of copyright infringement, by Wadia Movietone Pvt Ltd, which has claimed that Kangana's character Miss Julia is based on real-life Australian stunt actor Mary Evans, popularly known as Fearless Nadia

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  • Kangana Ranaut's dynamic Bollywood journey from Gangster to Manikarnika

    In Simran, Kangana Ranaut's portrayal of an NRI divorcee in America, who loses her savings in a gambling bout leading to her becoming a con woman was appreciated by critics. The film nonetheless failed to do well at the box-office. It was based on the life of Sandeep Kaur, a non-resident Indian (NRI) in the United States who has been convicted of four bank robberies

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    Kangana Ranaut gears up to portray the fierce Rani Laxmibai in the upcoming biopic, Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi. She has been rigorously prepping for her role and even got injured last year while training for a sword-fighting sequence

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On Kangana Ranaut's birthday today, here's a look at Kangs' cinematic journey from 'Gangster' to 'Manikarnika' and the diverse characters she has played in Bollywood films so far

 

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