Only Anil Kapoor was convinced that I can do comedy: Kangana

By Subhash K. Jha

Mumbai, May 1 (IANS) After a string of films where she portrayed a troubled woman, Kangana Ranaut is all set to change audience perception about her with a comedy film "No Problem" and she thanks Anil Kapoor, who is producing the comedy, for giving her the opportunity.

"I had decided whenever I do my first comedy it would have to be either with Anees Bazmee or David Dhawan. Everyone thought I was wrong for the part in 'No Problem'. No one was convinced I could do comedy, not after playing all those traumatised roles. But Anilji convinced everyone that I could," Kangana told IANS.

The film is being directed by Anees Bazmee and also stars Sushmita Sen.

"So far I've never had fun on the sets. All the characters I've played have been introverted and troubled. So I've been in my shell. During 'Fashion' Madhur Bhandarkar used to scold me for being in a shell all the time. But if I play insecure, paranoid characters, I can't be laughing and playing around. But it was the nature of the characters.

"For Anees Bazmi's film I'm changing completely. I'm going to organise parties on the sets, constantly crack Santa-Banta jokes and, most important of all, I will bond with Sushmita (Sen). Hopefully our bonding will last beyond one film," she said.

After signing a film together, Sushmita has taken the lovely Kangana under her wings. Always known to be warm towards her co-stars, Sushmita has taken a special fancy to Kangana because of her facial resemblance to Sushmita's daughter Renee.

"On the first day that we met, we struck a special chord in each other's hearts. I was standing at a premiere and she came up to me. She held my face in her hands and said I've hair exactly like her daughter. And that whenever she saw me she was reminded of her daughter.

"From that moment onwards we bonded. Luckily, I play Sushmita's sister in the film that we're doing together. I love calling her didi," said the actress who won best supporting actress Filmfare award for her performance in "Fashion".

Kangana, who starred in films like "Woh Lamhe" and "Gangster - A Love Story", is pleased to be finally doing comedy.

"I was really hurt when people said I was destined only to play tragic roles. I wanted to do comedy for the longest time. And that I've Sushmita playing my sister in the film is an added bonus. We'll have a ball playing sisters," she said.

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