This Article is From Sep 08, 2015

Kangana Ranaut on Her Rise From B-Grade Films to 'Number One Actress'

Kangana Ranaut on Her Rise From B-Grade Films to 'Number One Actress'

Kangana Ranaut photographed in Mumbai.

New Delhi: Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut said that while she has grown from strength to strength, from B-grade cinema to being the "number one actress of the country", her contemporaries "have had no growth".

After Queen, the 28-year-old actress has featured in Tanu Weds Manu Returns. She will soon be seen in Nikhil Advani's Katti Batti, Vishal Bhardwaj's Rangoon, Rani Lakshmibai and Simran.

"This is just the beginning. For the longest time I was struggling and nothing was falling into place, and I didn't have offers," Kangana told IANS in an interview.

"I started from 'B grade films' and today I'm the number one actress of this country. Whereas other actresses, whom you might call my contemporaries, have had no growth in whatever platform they were launched. They are still there and have not risen to another platform," she added.

"The other actresses, who are called my contemporaries, they started with a megastar. They were superstars overnight, and are the same even today," said Kangana.

Kangana had earlier harboured dreams of being launched opposite an A-lister. But now she does not feel the need to share screen space with them as she considers herself as a "profitable actress".

"Initially, I wanted to do films with A-list actors when I was struggling. I was hoping that I could also get that platform where I'm launched with Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan or Aamir Khan, and with them my career could also start, but it didn't happen. And then came Queen,"said Kangana.

After Queen, Tanu Weds Manu Returns did well."Then why should I be dependent on anyone else," questioned Kangana. She also said that she has the capability "to recover the money that has gone into production" of her films.

She is proud that even though success came late to her, it tastes sweeter.(Also Read: Kangana Ranaut: Best Part About My Success is That it Came Late)

"Now I'm getting the kind of roles I think I deserve," she said.Kangana hails from Mandi, Himachal Pradesh and belongs to a non-film background.

She made her debut in Bollywood with the 2006 film Gangster - A Love Story and has been appreciated for her performances in Fashion and Queen.

Kangana will next be seen in Katti Batti in which she'll share screen space with Imran Khan.

Katti Batti is scheduled to release on September 18.