Kangana Ranaut is inarguably the most baller Bollywood actress we have. Pretty much everything she says makes her a baws and we can't help but love her. Here are some important things she said in a recent interview with TOI.
1. She has a refreshing take on failure.
"Our society has a mean spirit; we crush the confidence of those who fail. Why do we make failure look so bad? I don't see my failures as tragic or embarrassing... I am more comfortable with failure than success. It makes me bond with myself. It gives me character, strength and drive. Every time I am suppressed and I lose, I hit back with a bang. I don't think even rejection in love is a tragedy."
2. She knows that she deserves to be the hero in her films.
"I don't carry the baggage of my achievements or my failures. So, I can slip into my characters fearlessly. I live light, it gives me freedom to fly and be myself. People expect you to be part of a typical blockbuster, as their idea of success is so narrow. I enjoy larger-than-life characters and ensemble films, too, and I'm open to working with anyone, as long as I am also the hero in the film."
3. She explains why she is bold and outspoken about her personal life.
"I feel I am as flawed as anyone else. It won't be right to say that I am a better person. Today, I'm in a position of power to give my side of the story, it's not like they don't have their story. Everyone is a hero in their world. I forgive myself and let my demons out. If they stay inside, they will eat up my confidence and spirit. I flaunt my scars and my past like medals, and then it disappears."
4. She is unapologetic about being one of the most successful and highest-paid actresses in Bollywood.
"I never make things look other than the way it should be, or the way I perceive it. There are people who try to manipulate other's perception. I could be flawed, weak, and delusional — but I'm not a dishonest human being."
5. She opens up about dealing with celeb rivalry in a healthy manner.
"Well, I won't deny that you can be subjected to ugly competition and people can be extremely bitter about your success. Naturally, everyone is insecure in this place. And if you are constantly threatening someone's position, they will retaliate. I would do, too, but through my work. Others can do mean things and malign people, but that's not my strategy."
6. She understands that she can "scare the shit out of men" when in a relationship.
"It is not easy to be in love with someone like me. I am open about my life, and most men don't like women with such honesty; it can be nerve-racking for them. So it reduces my chance at having a relationship. But I'm not looking for an ordinary man. I like men who love to play with fire. I like men who love to tame roaring lionesses (cracks up with laughter). Men have told me that I can scare the shit out of them. And I am aware that when I talk like that, no weak man would even flutter around me."
7. She has never "begged a man to stay" because "there is always a man better than the one before."
"I never mourn over my past men, as there are so many around. I've never begged a man to stay after he has decided to move on. I have been dumped and rejected so many times, but it has never shattered my confidence. I know there is always another story around the corner. There is always a man better than the one before."
8. She is her own boss and is not dependent on others to call the shots in her life.
"I am in a place where I can choose to work with who I want to. If I don't feel comfortable, I won't do it. I don't think my work is more important than me. I value myself more than anything else. I might as well do a B-grade film, if that gives me more peace of mind."