When someone rises to a position in life, people like to criticise you with the intention of harming and damaging what you achieve by the sweat of your brow, says actress Kangana Ranaut.
She puts these people into three categories according to her experience: jealous actresses and actors, negative PR and people who can’t see you successful.
Kangana came to Bollywood from the backwoods of Manali with no history of links to a film family and achieved success to prove the world that outsiders can too make a name in the tinseltown if you have the will, the talents and, of course the good looks!
Kangana has faced criticism for figure, accent or even her brutal honesty to not mince words.
She feels that people need to embrace their individuality, instead of trying to mould themselves based on superficial standards.
“There are seasons and reasons when curves are celebrated. Then something changes, on maybe the French runway, and it goes back to being a hanger. So, I think these things are just like a trend… everybody, every shape or size are celebrated like a trend or like a season,” Kangana said.
However, she finds this itself is immature — “to treat a body form like a passing season”.
She proved her talent in films like “Gangster”, “Woh Lamhe”, “Life In A… Metro”, “Tanu Weds Manu” and “Fashion”.
But, she says: “You cannot be what you don’t want to be.”
She thinks body shaming is just an act to make people feel less than who they are.
“It really has nothing to do with visual appeal. If you see in our entertainment industry, there is a variety of artistes — who are tall, curvy to extremely skinny — they are all celebrated figures in all colours, shapes and sizes”.
“So most definitely, attraction is not limited to certain vital stats,” said the actress, who has been in news for her murky legal battle with actor Hrithik Roshan over their alleged affair.
Kangana also pointed out that body shaming not only plays with people’s minds, but also robs them of their confidence.
She had misses with films like “Game”, “Rascals” and “Katti Batti”.
Despite these failures she has achieved success with “Queen”, followed by runaway success of “Tanu Weds Manu Returns”.
She is now working on “Simran”. There are also reports that she might star in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s next film, which also stars Shah Rukh Khan.
“And these manipulations… It happens mostly through PR. I can’t come to terms with this because I really cannot figure how people invest their resources to be a mischief maker in others’ life,” she said. – CINEWS