After earning rave reviews and box office success for ‘Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi’, the story of 1857 uprising warrior Rani Lakshmibai, Kangana Ranaut plans to continue to be the flagbearer of nationalism. The ‘Queen’ star also slammed the film industry for making ‘ridiculous’ films, but not spotting potential in stories of yesteryear heroes.
In an exclusive interview with Republic Bharat, Kangana was asked about social media users asking why the actress decides to be the flag-bearer of nationalism and why she targets people over this? Kangana replied, “I have to lift this flag because no one else did it. Our industry makes ridiculous films. In fact, they are remaking all these bad films. But didn’t they find anything substantial in Maharana Pratap’s story, Prithviraj Chauhan, Chandragupt Maurya, Chanakya, Alexander the Great, they didn’t find anything in it?"
She asked, "Why is no one picking up the flag? Tell me one person who’s done it, that would make me feel this is being done, so there is no need for me to get into this. There are a lot of activities that many before us have done, it’s not that only we are doing this."
Kangana further said, "But Nationalism is such a sentiment, that any country which has achieved heights of progress, like China, the feeling of togetherness with respect to the country, is high. So I want in our country this feeling should be there."
The actress added, "Career is something else, many actresses have come, many will go, be it successful, beautiful or those who do good work, but if you go without doing anything significant, something beyond your needs, then what is the point? You come and just leave.”
The ‘Tanu Weds Manu’ star also is fearless about being the sole warrior taking on the industry with protests over many issues and asserted, “No, I’m not afraid. Unlike times when such voices were suppressed, these times are different when awareness has increased, the sentiment of nationalism is catching on big time and people have been embracing it. They think if we have to adopt a sentiment, why not nationalism, let’s all move ahead and progress."
She continued, "I feel whatever support I have got from people, be it from Hindi media or regional languages, they are filled with love for the country. Those coming from small cities or villages, we have somewhere seen that life, the grassroots, we know that the people on top will be sad if equality comes in, and they are suffering in this grief.”
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