Kangana Ranaut is an Indian Actress and filmmaker. She is very popular for her boldness among the public. She has received many awards that including the National Film Awards and the most honored award from the Government of India –Padma Shri. She is the actress whose name is also included six times in Forbes India's Celebrity 100 list. In the year 2000, she was honored with Padam Shri which is regarded as the fourth highest civilian award. Some of the great movies she has done are Gangster, Fashion, Once upon a time in Mumbai, Tanu Weds Manu, and Queen.
Kangana Ranaut belongs to the Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh. She was born at Bhamla in a Rajput family. Her father Amardeep Ranaut is a businessman and her mother Asha Ranaut is a school teacher. Her elder system Rangoli Chandel is working as her manager since 2014 and her younger brother is Akshat. She has done her schooling at DAV school in Chandigarh. Initially, she wanted to become a Doctor on parents’ desire, and even after preparing for the All India Pre-Medical Test, she did not appear for it. She pursued the science stream as she claimed that from the beginning itself she was very studious. Thereafter she shifted to Delhi and there also she was confused about which career should be pursued. There she took some modeling assignments and acted in several plays. Those days for her were very difficult as she refused to take help from her father and even her relatives had no good relations with her.
Kangana Ranaut's debut movie was the romantic thriller Gangster where she was playing the lead role of Simran, an alcoholic woman. The other star cast includes Shiney Ahuja and Emraan Hashmi. There was a romantic triangle in the story. She was just 17 at the time of doing that movie and she was raw and immature. The movie was a commercial success and for this movie, she even received the Filmfare award for the best female debut. The next movie was Wo Lamhe in the year 2006. The story was based on the relationship of Director Mahesh Bhatt and Parveen Babi. She portrayed the role of Parveen Babi and her performance was greatly appreciated. Even though she received positive reviews for her acting, the movie failed to do well at the box office. Her further movies were Shakalaka Boom Boom, Life in a... Metro, Dhaam Dhoom and Fashion. Among these Fashion was the most remarkable movie in her career and this was a commercial successful movie earning Rs. 600 million worldwide.
From the year 2009 to 2012, her career had fluctuations. Her movie Raaz: The Mystery Continues with Emraan Hashmi and Adhyayan Suman was successful. At this point, it was noted that the actress needed a change in image as the earlier one is becoming a stereotype. Vaada Raha & Telugu film Ek Niranjan did not do well. ‘Once Upon a Time in Mumbai’ proved to be a big blockbuster. Then came ‘Tanu weds Manu’ and it completely gave a hike to her in her acting career. Game, Double Dhamaal, Rascals, and Miley Naa Miley Hum were some released in the year 2011. She was also seen in Krrish 3 and it was the highest engrossing movie of that time. Rajjo, Queen, and Tanu Weds Manu: Returns (2015) came afterward and for Tanu Weds Manu: Returns she was appraised for playing a double role. In Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi she acted the lead role and also co-directed it. Panga in the year 2020 did not do well but her work was appreciated.