The 28 year-old ‘Queen’ star rose to fame in 2006 when she appeared in ‘Gangster’, for which she won the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut, and since then her career has gone from strength to strength. While Kangana feels that other Bollywood actresses haven’t advanced in their careers, she now considers herself to be India’s best actress.
Speaking to IANS, Kangana said: “I started from ‘B grade films’ and today I’m the number one actress of this country whereas other actresses, whom you might call my contemporaries, they have had no growth in whatever platform they were launched they are still there and have not risen to another platform.”
The ‘Tanu Weds Manu Returns’ actress also spoke out about her difficulties breaking into the industry: “[for the] longest time I was struggling and nothing was falling into place, and I didn’t have any offers,
“Initially, I wanted to do films with A-list actors when I was struggling. I was hoping that I could also get that platform where I’m launched with Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan or Aamir Khan… and with them my career could also start, but it didn’t happen. And then came ‘Queen’.” Continued Kangana, speaking of Vikas Bahl’s film which truly launched her career and changed her life.
Although she wouldn’t name anybody, Kangana made it clear that she doesn’t think many of Bollywood’s other actresses have had to work as hard as she did to achieve success in the industry, having automatically had their careers launched after debuting in films opposite some of Bollywood’s biggest actors.
She said: “The other actresses, who are called my contemporaries, they started with a megastar. They were superstars overnight, and are the same even today.”
Kangana can next be seen alongside Imran Khan in Nikhil Advani’s comedy thriller ‘Katti Batti’, which will hit cinemas on September 18.