Ahead of the release of her much-anticipated venture 'Judgementall Hai Kya' Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut opens up about discrimination prevailing in the industry. Talking exclusively to Republic Media Network, the actress said that B-Town outsiders are ill-treated when they debut in the industry. She said that people who don't have a Bollywood background are alienated and mistreated as they struggle to make their name in Hindi cinema.
Sharing her own experience, the actress said, "People trolled me when I came in the films for the first time. They behaved as if I am not in Mumbai but in some other country."
Further highlighting how only a few people manage to secure their place in Bollywood, Kangana said, "I still have a problem with how they don't let artists from Telugu, Tamil or Bengali film industry prosper in Bollywood. Only a few outsiders like me and Shah Rukh Khan have managed to make our place."
Kangana Ranaut is making headlines lately owing to the ongoing controversy over bashing a journalist during the song launch of 'Judgementall Hai Kya' and the Entertainment Journalists Guild boycotting her thereafter.
Talking about how a lobby is working against her, the actress said, "They have a problem with a person going forward alone and openly challenging them. They have made a structure which demands people to kneel before them, but if somebody doesn't even consider that, they feel threatened. So, they retaliate."
On being further asked why was she being a target, Kangana clarified: "Before 2014, I was irrelevant in this industry. It was only after Tanu Weds Manu's success that I was honoured as India's top actress and media supported me a lot during that time. And to achieve that position, the media has played an important role. Ismein koi dorahe nai hai."
"But... when my personal struggles came out in public, a big Bollywood star like Hrithik Roshan.. jo unhone meri beizzati ki, unke khilaaf I fought a legal battle. His entire system, his family or his father, his friends, people like Karan Johar's ego was hurt when I said something in fun on his show... They made an entire group against me. And I thought with time it will go away but some are just after me. A few were running a smear campaign against me. The film cast of Manikarnika told me that they have recieved calls from biggies for running a campaign against me. A platform approached us saying we have received 15 lakhs but if you give us 25 lakhs, we will speak about your enemies. So, when I saw all this, I openly challenged that I will expose you all. This hypocrisy needed to come out in open."
"If you look at the accounts of these people on social media, you will see that they are 'chatukars' of the movie mafia and only has one agenda that is to demean me. Why is it that I am not able to find a journalist who is not a sell-off by these people and holds a balanced opinion. One doesn't need a genius to crack this!", she added.
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