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Emergency teaser: Kangana Ranaut is unrecognizable as Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi

The first teaser for Kangana Ranaut‘s upcoming film, Emergency, in which she portrays former prime minister Indira Gandhi, was released on Thursday. In the brief promotional video, Kangana adopts the late PM’s appearance, replete with eyeglasses and her starched cotton saree.

It is still too early to predict if the actor will assume the role of the politician and how she will portray the period that is sometimes referred to as the darkest in Indian democracy. Kangana has made a point of stating that the movie is not a biography of Gandhi. The former US secretary of state Henry Kissinger calls Kangana in the video and requests that American President Richard Nixon greets her as “Ma’am” rather than “Sir.” After pausing, Kangana as Indira responds “yes,” but she quickly turns to her secretary and requests that he tell the US President that everyone in her office addresses her as “Sir.”


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The actor had shared the first clip with a caption that read, “Presenting ‘Her’ who was called ‘Sir’ #Emergency shoot begins.”

In a statement announcing the film, Kangana Ranaut said: “Emergency reflects one of the most important periods in Indian political history which changed the way we view power and that’s why I decided to tell this story. Moreover, playing a public figure on the screen is always a challenge because one has to get the look, the characteristics and the persona right. I spent a significant amount of time researching the subject and once I felt I had enough ammunition, I commenced the film’s shoot.”

Kangana Ranaut had previously shared a 1975 newspaper clipping, and wrote, “These were the most dramatic events in the recent history of the world. What lead to the Emergency which was declared today and what were its consequence. In the centre of it was the most powerful woman in the world.This deserves a grand-scale epic film of its own. So see you in the theatres next year with #Emergency”.

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