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Kangana Ranaut's journey from movies to politics: Running away from home at 15 to winning National Awards

Published on Mar 25, 2024 04:01 PM IST
  • As Kangana Ranaut dominates headlines for making her political debut in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections as a BJP candidate, here's a look at her life.
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The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) has released its fifth list of candidates for the Lok Sabha elections; actor Kangana Ranaut will be contesting from Himachal Pradesh’s Mandi on a BJP ticket. Kangana, who hails from the state, and was born in Bhambla, has come a long way since making her film debut in the 2006 thriller Gangster, for which she was awarded the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut. expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Mar 25, 2024 04:01 PM IST

The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) has released its fifth list of candidates for the Lok Sabha elections; actor Kangana Ranaut will be contesting from Himachal Pradesh’s Mandi on a BJP ticket. Kangana, who hails from the state, and was born in Bhambla, has come a long way since making her film debut in the 2006 thriller Gangster, for which she was awarded the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut.

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Kangana Ranaut has been quite active on social media over the last few years. The actor often treats fans to adorable childhood pictures. Kangana shared some photos from her school days in Himachal Pradesh on X on February 19, 2023. She wrote alongside them, “All these pictures are clicked by Sharma uncle… he is very proud of me.” expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Mar 25, 2024 04:01 PM IST

Kangana Ranaut has been quite active on social media over the last few years. The actor often treats fans to adorable childhood pictures. Kangana shared some photos from her school days in Himachal Pradesh on X on February 19, 2023. She wrote alongside them, “All these pictures are clicked by Sharma uncle… he is very proud of me.”

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Kangana Ranaut has opened up about ‘running away from home’ when she was 15, and even becoming a 'drug addict'. After moving to Mumbai in her teenage, Kangana, now 37, made her acting debut in 2006 with a leading role in Gangster: A Love Story, co-starring Emraan Hashmi. Since then she has been praised her films such as Fashion (2008), Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai (2010), Tanu Weds Manu (2011), among others. Kangana garnered critical acclaim for starring in the coming-of-age film Queen (2014), for which she also co-wrote the dialogues. expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Mar 25, 2024 04:01 PM IST

Kangana Ranaut has opened up about ‘running away from home’ when she was 15, and even becoming a 'drug addict'. After moving to Mumbai in her teenage, Kangana, now 37, made her acting debut in 2006 with a leading role in Gangster: A Love Story, co-starring Emraan Hashmi. Since then she has been praised her films such as Fashion (2008), Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai (2010), Tanu Weds Manu (2011), among others. Kangana garnered critical acclaim for starring in the coming-of-age film Queen (2014), for which she also co-wrote the dialogues.

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Kangana Ranaut predominantly works in Hindi films, and has done a few Tamil films such as Thalaivii (2021) and Chandramukhi 2 (2023). She has won four National Film Awards, five Filmfare Awards, three International Indian Film Academy Awards, and one award each from the Screen, Zee Cine, SIIMA, and Producers Guild award ceremonies. In 2021, Kangana dedicated a sweet post thanking her parents after accepting her fourth National Film Award; she received the Best Actress award for her films Panga and Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi. expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Mar 25, 2024 04:01 PM IST

Kangana Ranaut predominantly works in Hindi films, and has done a few Tamil films such as Thalaivii (2021) and Chandramukhi 2 (2023). She has won four National Film Awards, five Filmfare Awards, three International Indian Film Academy Awards, and one award each from the Screen, Zee Cine, SIIMA, and Producers Guild award ceremonies. In 2021, Kangana dedicated a sweet post thanking her parents after accepting her fourth National Film Award; she received the Best Actress award for her films Panga and Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi.

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In 2021, Kangana Ranaut received her Padma Shri award from then-President Ram Nath Kovind during the Padma Awards ceremony for 2020 at the Rashtrapati Bhawan in Delhi. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah also attended. Sharing a photo of herself from the event, Kangana wrote on Instagram at the time, "Long ago when I started my career a question bothered me. I asked myself some want money, some want fans, some seek fame and some just want attention. What do I want? Deep down I always knew as a girl child I wanted to earn respect and that is my treasure. Thank you India for this gift." expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Mar 25, 2024 04:01 PM IST

In 2021, Kangana Ranaut received her Padma Shri award from then-President Ram Nath Kovind during the Padma Awards ceremony for 2020 at the Rashtrapati Bhawan in Delhi. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah also attended. Sharing a photo of herself from the event, Kangana wrote on Instagram at the time, "Long ago when I started my career a question bothered me. I asked myself some want money, some want fans, some seek fame and some just want attention. What do I want? Deep down I always knew as a girl child I wanted to earn respect and that is my treasure. Thank you India for this gift."

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Kangana Ranaut often visits temple across the country and documents it all on Instagram. The actor is a follower of Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, a well-known spiritual leader. She often posts photos of them meeting. In March 2022, Kangana met him in Coimbatore, and shared the photos on Instagram with the caption, "Some pictures from Mahashivratri celebrations at Isha Foundation with Sadhguru ji..." expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Mar 25, 2024 04:01 PM IST

Kangana Ranaut often visits temple across the country and documents it all on Instagram. The actor is a follower of Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, a well-known spiritual leader. She often posts photos of them meeting. In March 2022, Kangana met him in Coimbatore, and shared the photos on Instagram with the caption, "Some pictures from Mahashivratri celebrations at Isha Foundation with Sadhguru ji..."

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Kangana Ranaut makes sure to seek blessings at various temples before the release of a film or any project. In May 2022, she was joined by her co-stars Arjun Rampal and Divya Dutta as they visited Shri Kashi Vishwanath temple in UP ahead of the release of their film Dhaakad. expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Mar 25, 2024 04:01 PM IST

Kangana Ranaut makes sure to seek blessings at various temples before the release of a film or any project. In May 2022, she was joined by her co-stars Arjun Rampal and Divya Dutta as they visited Shri Kashi Vishwanath temple in UP ahead of the release of their film Dhaakad.

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Kangana Ranaut was among a host of celebs, who participated in the historic consecration of the Ram Mandir (Ram Mandir Pran Pratishtha) at Ayodhya on 22 January 2024. She shared many photos on Instagram of herself posing in front of the newly-constructed temple at the time. expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Mar 25, 2024 04:01 PM IST

Kangana Ranaut was among a host of celebs, who participated in the historic consecration of the Ram Mandir (Ram Mandir Pran Pratishtha) at Ayodhya on 22 January 2024. She shared many photos on Instagram of herself posing in front of the newly-constructed temple at the time.

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Kangana Ranaut is now gearing up for the release of Emergency, her ‘most ambitious project' yet.. The film has been directed as well as written by Kangana. A day after attending the Ram Mandir Pran Pratishtha ceremony in Ayodhya, Kangana announced the release date of her upcoming film: June 14, 2024. Kangana will be seen as the 'most feared and fiercest Prime Minister' of India, the late Indira Gandhi in the film. expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Mar 25, 2024 04:01 PM IST

Kangana Ranaut is now gearing up for the release of Emergency, her ‘most ambitious project' yet.. The film has been directed as well as written by Kangana. A day after attending the Ram Mandir Pran Pratishtha ceremony in Ayodhya, Kangana announced the release date of her upcoming film: June 14, 2024. Kangana will be seen as the 'most feared and fiercest Prime Minister' of India, the late Indira Gandhi in the film.

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