Mumbai, May 25 -- Kangana Ranaut is arguably in the best phase of her career. Her last film, Queen (2014), was a big success, and earned her several accolades, including a National Award for Best Actress.
Her latest film, which is the sequel to Tanu Weds Manu (2011), is also garnering a great response. The actor, too, admits that her career and life has seen a positive change in the last few years. Here, she talks to us about her decade in Bollywood, friendships with Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra, and more.
Do you feel people perceive you differently now?
I don't see a big shift in terms of the perception of people in my immediate circle. But I do sense a change in the perception of others. I have won two National Awards before the age of 28. None of my contemporaries have. All this does give you credibility. I was 17 when I started, and now I am 28; there has been a lot of growth. There is a lot of positive change in me, and that is what I have earned. As an artiste, as an independent woman who is self-sufficient, who has travelled the world... there are a lot of achievements to my credit, which add to my confidence.
A lot was being said about you and Deepika Padukone, or you and Priyanka Chopra throwing a party together. Do you have friends in the industry?
Not really. I am not very friendly, maybe because I have my family with me. My sister and brother live in Mumbai. These 10 years have been very demanding. Whenever I have time, I give it to my family. I feel so complete. I don't feel the need for any other friendship or close relationship, fortunately or unfortunately. In fact, I cannot work without the warmth of my sister, Rangoli, even though she doesn't know much about films, and is not the quintessential manager.
But you are friends with Priyanka Chopra...
My friendship with Priyanka comes from the fact that we have known each other for ages. We worked together in Fashion (2008) and Krrish 3 (2013). We had a lot of warmth for each other, and we still do. With Deepika (Padukone), I don't have any experience of working with her, but she comes across as a warm and affectionate person. I have immense respect for them, and that is all that I want from them.
Do you see any of your contemporaries as competition?
Not really. My path has been very different, and always will be. If we do the same kind of roles, or are vying for the same projects, then it brings us under the same competition category. But I feel very safe with the roles that are offered to me. When Vikas (Bahl; director) came to me with Queen, he said, "If you are not doing it, then I won't make the film. Same was with Rai (Aanand L Rai; director)." I feel very secure when my directors say that to me.
How do you react when people say that Tanu Weds Manu Returns is your film?
I don't know why it is being considered a women-centric film. I don't agree with that. Yes, as a performer, I was given more opportunity, as I have a double role. Hence, I had more lines and screen space while Maddy (R Madhavan; co-star) had a single role. But it is a love story, and a love story cannot be about one person. It has to be about two people, and if it is not, then we have not done justice to the film.