Mumbai, Aug 24 (IANS) She is one actress in Bollywood whose box-office scorecard has not depended on the the male lead of her films, and her versatility has won her fans like megastar Amitabh Bachchan and superstar Aamir Khan. Now she is likely to star with Shah Rukh Khan, but she says the project is at a very premature stage.
Rumours have been rife that Shah Rukh and Kangana are going to work in a Sanjay Leela Bhansali film.
Asked about it, Kangana told IANS: “Sanjay sir just spoke to me about the film, saying that he wants to make it with me and Shah Rukh sir. But it’s at a very premature stage. It’s not that I am working with Shah Rukh sir tomorrow or something like that… So, yeah, like I said, it’s at a very premature stage.”
The actress was the showstopper for designer Tarun Tahiliani, who flagged off the Lakme Fashion Week (LFW) Winter/Festive 2016 on Tuesday night here. The five-day fashion gala begins from Wednesday at St. Regis here.
The “Queen” of Bollywood feels fortunate to be a part of such grandeur.
“I think I am very fortunate because I get these opportunities. I am an actress and my film characters are usually not very fashion-inspired. As an artiste, I don’t know where and how these opportunities just come my way where I get to work with the finest artistes in the country and get to display or wear their designs and even get to see their collections,” said the National Award winner.
She says these chances help her to know more about fashion and understand it better.
“I am an artiste and I love to be inspired. If I wasn’t walking the ramp, I would never get exposed to these collections. I am so busy that I can’t participate in the whole fashion scene that is going on in the country, but because I work with designers and their shows, I get to know so much about them and the fashion industry,” she added.
On the big screen, Kangana will be next seen in a biopic on Rani Lakshmibai, a character she feels inspired by in many ways.
“I think ‘Jhansi Ki Rani’ is a very relevant film for many reasons and one of those reasons is the reminder of the amount of sacrifice and work that has been put out by people. It’s also a reminder to value things much more than we actually do and to instill that passion and pride for our country which people even in testing times had.”
Rani Lakshmibai, a fiery queen of Jhansi, had taken up arms against the British in 1857 to free her state.
Kangana believes the present generation is “lost somewhere” and she feels the movie will serve the purpose of helping people value the freedom.
“I do identify with it (her story) obviously… She is a very inspirational woman not just for me, but for so many other people,” she added.
(The writer is in Mumbai at the invitation of LFW organisers. Nivedita can be contacted at [email protected])