Known to be fiercely outspoken, Kangana Ranaut in a recently published interview with senior film critic Anupama Chopra, said that she would always be the one who will do what is right irrespective of the circumstances. The actress was asked if she has paid a price for being an outspoken person in the mainstream Hindi film industry. While many would have expected her to say yes, the actor stood by her ground and said, “I don’t think I’ve paid any price. In fact, I’ve earned a lot by standing up against bullies and speaking against things that I feel are not right. Like I said, I am no standard to measure whether things are right or wrong. But I feel, I’ve always been honest to what I stand for.”
“But that’s for my peace and my happiness. And I think that’s what one needs to do with bullies. Bullies need to be put in their place and that’s what I did. I don’t think I have paid any price. In fact, I have earned. I have earned my happiness, I’ve earned my place, I’ve earned my respect, I’ve earned my dignity,” added the actress who raised her voice against issues like nepotism, gender bias and pay parity in the industry.
The actress also believes that critics can actually help an individual if there is constructive criticism and not hatred. She revealed that she has always taken criticism as a challenge and continues to see it positively. On being asked if she still processes criticism like the way she did earlier, Kangana said, “I love to take my opponents’ opinions about me and I like my opponents more than my fans. As in, I admire my critics more than people who like me. It’s not something unhealthy, it’s not something that exists in me in an unhealthy way. But, I have deep admiration for people who criticise me, not hate me, because I think criticism is another form of admiration.
Somebody having such an investment in you, such an interest in you is a sign of admiration.”
The actress has four films lined up including Manikarnika, Mental Hai Kya, Ashiwni Iyer’s next and Anurag Basu’s Imli.