Kangana Ranaut Speech: The New Face of India

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Kangana Ranaut Speech: The New Face of India

Learn English with Kangana Ranaut. Once a small-town girl, now a leading Bollywood star, Kangana is a rebel in Hindi cinema known for dismantling industry and societal norms. Interviewed by BBC News reporter Shabnam Mahmood. Kangana Ranaut is an Indian actress and filmmaker who works in Hindi films. The recipient of several awards, including three National Film Awards and four Filmfare Awards, she has featured six times in Forbes India’s Celebrity 100 list. In this speech, she also quotes: “You have got to be confident of who you are. Others’ opinions of you will always shift, their perspective will keep changing. When I started, they dismissed me like I was nobody, and today I am who I am because my understanding of myself never changed. As women, we don’t have to hope that we get our do, we need to get up and get it ourselves.” – Watch with big English subtitles.


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Shabnam Mahmood:

Hi everyone. I’m Shabnam Mahmood from BBC News and I’m here with Kangana Ranaut, one of the biggest stars in India today. She shot to fame in 2006 with her debut film Gangster, and in less than a decade, she has established herself as one of the leading actresses in Bollywood. Her choice of roles has redefined the stereotypical Indian film heroine. Let’s welcome Kangana.

Kangana Ranaut:

Thank you everyone. Thank you. Thank you, Shabnam.

Shabnam Mahmood:

First of all, Kangana, I’d like to take you back to your childhood. Tell me about your story. What were your expectations growing up as a young girl in your family, in your village?

Kangana Ranaut:

Well, the thing is in India, it’s a matter of fact that a girl child is seen as a liability. And probably the only expectation is that you grow up to be a presentable young woman who can get a decent spouse. That’s not a much of an expectation, but yeah.

Shabnam Mahmood:

So, what were you like as a child?

Kangana Ranaut:

Oh, pain, I’d say. I wasn’t a child that an Indian parent would like to have. I was quite rebellious, and I had to, I didn’t see myself as I guess my family saw. I didn’t see myself as a liability. I didn’t see myself as someone who is just, whose purpose of life is just to find a good enough husband who can take care of her. I saw myself as much more than that.

Shabnam Mahmood:

You said rebellious. What kind of things did you do as a child?

Kangana Ranaut:

I think I was quite confident of myself and I had a mind of my own. I liked the fact that my father had a lot of expectations from my brother and I wanted to, I probably wanted to be that person who he could be proud of and who could, you know, who could be her own hero. So, yeah, that led to many incidences, including my running away from my house, I guess.

Shabnam Mahmood:

Before we come to that, just want to ask you a little bit more about your family. Was it a very traditional family? Was there a lot of, you know, the male members of your family, were they treated with favouritism?

Kangana Ranaut:

Yes. I wouldn’t say it was an exceptional Indian family. That is pretty much how it is everywhere, where you know, you grow up in a very, very protective environment which can sometimes lead to a little bit of suffocation also, you know, it can just be a little too protective sometimes.

Shabnam Mahmood:

Were your family sought like they had favouritism towards your brother?

Kangana Ranaut:

Yeah. Like I said in India, you know, a woman is, a girl child is seen as a liability. So, naturally, they did, they aren’t, a girl child isn’t that celebrated for sure.

Shabnam Mahmood:

So, what eventually pushed you to leaving home?

Kangana Ranaut:

Like I said, that quest. That understanding of your own self, that confidence that you carry in yourself that, you know, you’re a lot more than people think you are and you want to prove that and you want to find yourself and you want to, you know, be a lot more than you’re believed that, you know, you are. So, I probably that quest it.

Shabnam Mahmood:

It can’t be easy though.

Kangana Ranaut:

Yes. I’ve struggled for 10 years. Yeah, that’s quite long.

Shabnam Mahmood:

What was the opposition like when you made that decision to leave home?

Kangana Ranaut:

Well, my parents gave me an easy option, that if you are going to go your way, so there’s the highway and you can probably expect no funds and no support, which I think was legitimate. Because I think that was a fair option.

Shabnam Mahmood:

What’s the one particular incident that led to you leaving home? You know, your father was quite angry with you.

Kangana Ranaut:

Yes, I think I left, I just refused to go to school and I’m like, I can’t do science. I will probably, I don’t want to be a doctor. And he’s like, then what would you be? And I’m like, I don’t know. So, he’s like, don’t you think you should? I said, give me a year. And I would find out, and he’s like, I have no money to spend on these sort of hobbies of yours. And I’m like, sounds fair.

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