Why Kangana Ranaut Needs Manikarnika To Be a Success

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Why Kangana Ranaut Needs Manikarnika To Be a Success

Illustration: Shruti Yatam

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here’s something about Kangana Ranaut that makes you feel slightly guilty when you’re not on her side. It’s impossible not to adore her sweet, naive girl avatar Rani whose fiance dumps her in Queen, or sympathise with the troubled Sana in Woh Lamhe and the melancholic Shonali, a model with a coke habit in Fashion. Ranaut has never had to “de-glam” to be taken seriously; she has a knack for bringing you in with a raw vulnerability.

Which is why, on seeing the posters for Manikarnika: Queen of Jhansi, plastered with her screaming face, you were either excited, slightly nervous, or a mixture of the two. Few Bollywood actresses give us the kind of unselfconscious passion and emotion that we expect from Kangana. But even fewer are overshadowed by a personality that refuses to be ignored.

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