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Director Suneel Darshan on Kangana Ranaut, ‘Overpowering a director is the worst thing that you can do to a film’

Kangana Ranaut did a variety of roles ranging from fashion model to girl-next-door. Shakalaka Boom Boom, directed by Suneel Darshan, was one of her early films. In a recent interview, the director-producer discussed working with Kangana and stated that he could sense “something amiss”.

Darshan recalls being in awe of her abilities when he first saw her in Gangster. He told Siddharth Kannan, “When I watched her in Gangster, I said, ‘My god, look at this girl. This is Meena Kumari in the making’.”

He shared, “I also felt that overpowering a director is the worst thing that you can do to a film because the language of the cinema, the treatment of cinema, is what the director does. And if an actor walks on to the set and starts overpowering the director… the power games that come…” He added, “I met a few directors subsequently at an event one day and they were all discussing this.”

The filmmaker quickly added that he remains a fan of Kangana’s acting and believes she should appear in more films. “Even today, I really respect Kangana’s acting prowess but I feel that she should limit herself to be an actor and do more films. Because otherwise, the Indian film industry is missing out on one hell of a great actress,” he said.

Kangana was most recently seen in Dhaakad. She will be seen in Emergency and Tejas. She had earlier revealed the upcoming instalment in the Manikarnika franchise. Kangana is also directing Emergency, in which she plays former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. Tiku Weds Sheru, starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Avneet Kaur, is also in the works.
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