There have been a lot of talks about Kangana Ranaut not interested in doing a film with the Khans. Even on Koffee with Karan, she had mentioned how she won’t be a part of a film where she doesn’t have an equal footing as her co-star.
She is very vocal about this fact and every time she is asked about it, she has stuck to the stand. But never has she explained it in so many words as she did during an interview with Rajeev Masand. She also mentioned how she admires Shah Rukh Khan but ‘it’s unfortunate that they will never cross paths’.
When asked about getting more career longevity if she works with the Khans, Kangana said, “In fact, there is no longevity with working with Khans. It’s the other way around because what I am today, where I stand today, as the leading lady doing a film with a Khan, let’s be rational about it.
Where would it take me? Can it take me a notch higher than where I already am? It cannot! What can it give me that I have already not achieved? I can’t see a single thing…if you can tell me. I have popularity, I have built a fan following of mine, where do I go from here. The only way I can last is by growth.
That I will only get if I go a notch higher than my last film. In a film, there’s only one hero. There are exceptions of course. Let’s talk about a Khan film. Who is the hero in that film? When I have done and working on films that give me the possibility of building a brand of my own individually, it will be very stupid of me to go and stand behind someone else and try and encash their popularity.”
Masand also prodded further asking if such an attitude makes her unpopular among the Khans and Kangana said, “Not really. Aamir is kind to discuss his films with me. It’s not that I have a different attitude towards them when I am around them. My attitude remains the same.
Until Queen, I was very open to working the Khans. After Tanu Weds Manu, I realised that if in a film, I am not the hero, it will disappoint everyone. It’s a very professional strategy that I have adopted. And Shah Rukh sir, I am a huge fan. It’s very unfortunate that our paths will never cross.” Scroll to 31: 55 to listen the actress talking about Shah Rukh Khan.
Hardly have we seen an actress who is so clear about what she wants from her career or be so rational? No wonder Kangana Ranaut is one of our favourites.
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