Actor Kangana Ranaut has always been known to speak her mind. The 31-year-old has successfully carved a niche in Bollywood and is a force to reckon with. The three-time National Award winner always knows how to impress us with her words every time she speaks.

With her movie, “Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi” set to release next month, let’s have a look at how the “Queen” never fails to inspire.

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On the hardships of life

“I’ve started from scratch and slept on pavements, so the thought of hitting rock bottom doesn’t scare me.”

On the “ideal” Indian woman

“The glorification of sisters, mothers as the selfless Indian women who will do ‘agni pariksha’ and the one who sees her own betterment only in the betterment of their husbands and fathers, that has to stop. It’s very regressive.”

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On marriage

“Marriage is made out to be so important for girls. The focus has to shift at some point from marriage to the real challenges of life which are the same for women and men. We have to prepare our girls just the way we prepare our boys.”

On fighting people’s mentality

“What is important to understand is that we are not fighting people, we are fighting a mentality. I am not fighting Karan Johar, I’m fighting male chauvinism.”

On women’s empowerment

“Women empowerment does not mean you create complex among men. Then it will take 20 more years to empower men. It is all about evolving as a soul, as a human being. It does not mean that you become a sexist.”

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On Bollywood and the ‘speak in english’ connection

“When I moved to Bombay, it was very harsh. I was nothing like what I am today. I couldn’t speak a word of English. In England, people might be very understanding about that, but in Bombay, they’re not very forgiving. ‘If you don’t speak English, how do you expect to work in Hindi films?'”

On being a girl child in India

“In India, it’s a matter of fact that a girl child is seen as a liability. Probably the only expectation is that you grow up to be a presentable young woman who can get a decent spouse.”

On being her unapologetic self

“I am not ashamed of anything — not my past, not my affairs, not my body, and most definitely not my desire.”

On gender pay gap in the industry

“There is a huge gap between the remuneration of an actor and actress.”

On being a woman in Bollywood

“They will always assume that this guy — an upcoming actor, what if he becomes a star tomorrow? He would not work with me then… so I might as well choose to be nice. But women are not treated with the same attitude. Women they treat really badly.”

The actress who believes, “All beautiful things in this world are because of women”, has completed 12 years in the industry.

From being jobless for two years after her award-winning debut performance in the 2006 release “Gangster”, Kangana today is one of the highest paid actresses in Bollywood.

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Kriti Dwivedi is an intern with SheThePeople.tv

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