Kangana, The Puppet And The Puppeteer Of Her Show

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Kangana, The Puppet And The Puppeteer Of Her Show

Illustration: Sushant Ahire


he opening sequence of Simran shows Praful Patel (Kangana Ranaut), a Gujarati divorcee working as housekeeping staff in an Atlanta hotel, dusting a table before carefully placing a book on it the way it was before, changing bedsheets, and thoroughly scrubbing a toilet clean. But Praful is not content with having the reputation of someone who cleans rooms. Her dreams are bigger. “I work for the hotel industry,” she insists, more than once throughout the entirety of the film, seeking to make her occupation look more purposeful than it is. In doing so, Praful does more than set the plot line for the movie. She makes a calculated decision about the identity she wants to present to the world, just the way her off-screen self has been portraying over the last six months.

The post-nepotism Kangana Ranaut we have come to know is no longer satisfied with just being called a brilliant actor. “I’m a thought leader,” she wants to exclaim, and every time she steps out of her home and performs in front of the camera, whether it’s for a movie or an interview, Kangana is doing just that: performing the role of the leader she has primed herself for.