Kangana Ranaut is many things—actress, fashion icon, student and soon to be Queen. Highly independent and self-assured, Kangana stormed on to the Bollywood-scape with Gangster in 2006 and won a National Award soon after for her role in Fashion (2008). She’s since appeared in movies like Life in A Metro, Tanu Weds Manu and most recently, Krrish 3.
Her last release was the disastrous Rajjo, but it’s her March release, Queen, that has everyone sitting up and paying attention. Kangana plays Rani, a small-town girl who gets ditched on her wedding day but nonetheless decides to take off on her honeymoon, alone. Kangana says she looks for roles that “transcend” and, after Gangster, this film is the first to push her boundaries. Not that there are many similarities between her on- and off-screen personas. “Rani wants to be married, that is the most important thing for her. But it’s not important for me at all. I have many more things I want to do,” says Kangana.
Side effects of green
Vidya Balan and Farhan Akhtar will be revealing the side effects of marriage today with their film Shaadi Ke Side Effects. For vegetarian Vidya, some of the scenes were tough—especially the ones in which she is depicted as pregnant and eating chicken. But don’t be fooled: what looks like chicken is actually a fake. “Even when I had to pretend to eat chicken, it was faked. It was made from soya or something because I don’t even eat eggs,” says Vidya.
This has made being married to a “pukka” non-veg Punjabi quite tricky. “I even considered having two microwaves—one to heat only vegetarian food. But that was not really practical and since I don’t cook it turned out fine,” she said of a real life side effect of marriage. As for her on-screen husband, Vidya bonded with the fellow Capricorn. “It was fantastic working with Farhan. He is multi-talented and we got along really well. He’s great fun,” she says. Let’s see if the chemistry translates to their characters, Trisha and Sid.
Another girl whose career doesn’t have a pause button is Alia Bhatt. The surprise package of last week’s release, Highway, the young actress has silenced cynics who believed only star parents got her a break in Student of the Year. As the damaged Veera, she showed that her young shoulders could handle large amounts of expectations.
In a recent interview, Alia leaned on a cliché and said, “Your first film chooses you and for your second film, you have to prove you have had a good debut.” She has done this in spades by taking on a risky role with shades of grey. Alia’s father, producer-director Mahesh Bhatt, apparently told her Highway would change her life and career. It certainly seems set to alter the latter. Alia will next be seen in Two States, an adaptation of Chetan Bhagat’s novel Two States of My Marriage, with Arjun Kapoor (April) and then in Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania (July).
John in Jodhpur
Tourists in Jodhpur were both surprised and delighted to see John Abraham at the Umaid Bhavan Palace Hotel last weekend. Speculation was rife about whether he was there for a shoot or because his hockey team was playing a match in Rajasthan. There was also talk about a quiet honeymoon. But all the guesses turned out to be incorrect. John was in Jodhpur to attend a high profile wedding.
- Udita Jhunjhunwala