Kangana Ranaut: Democratic environment in industry because of people like us

The Queen actress clarifies that her comments about nepotism were an observation, not objection. 

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Keyur Seta

Kangana Ranaut’s comments against nepotism on Karan Johar’s television show opened a can of worms, sparking debates on the issue. The actress had accused the filmmaker for being the "torch-bearer of nepotism". This was followed with Johar hitting back at Ranaut and vice-versa.

But the Queen star has now clarified her comments. While talking at a fashion event, she said that she has no objection to star kids joining the film industry. “If you're talking about nepotism, it’s not an objection, it’s an observation. As an individual, it is my prerogative to leave my footsteps behind for the ones who will follow me. It is important they know where I fell, where I walked, stayed and ran,” she said. 

Ranaut also stated that there shouldn’t be any fight regarding the issue. “We should all work on it and not point fingers and make it sound like a fight to make the society more democratic for everyone,” she added. 

Someone with no film family background is generally referred to as an 'outsider' as an industry. But the Rangoon actress gave a different definition of the term. She asked, “What is an outsider? We are all working to make cinema. Anyone working for some other intention is an outsider. I don't consider myself an outsider.”

Ranaut believes that the industry has become much more democratic and for that she gives credit to people like herself. “The fact that today in the industry we have a lot more democratic environment is also because of people like us who have been working at it. I see newcomers easily say ‘I can’t talk in English I will only talk in Hindi.’ It's because we have made it appear cool.” 

She elaborated that strugglers shouldn’t be looked down upon because they can’t speak English or because take public transport. “Not because someone doesn’t speak English, or has sweat patches because they have come in a rickshaw for an audition or someone is sharing an apartment with 10 people in an ‘uncool’ location. They shouldn’t be shamed for that. The doors shouldn’t be shut on their faces because of that.” 

Ranaut will next be seen in Hansal Mehta’s Simran. The film is slated to release on 15 September.