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'Rangoon failure was targeted at me,' fumes Kangana Ranaut


The actress said that she felt like 's**t' after the failure of the Vishal Bhardwaj’s period war film.

Mayur Lookhar

It’s been been close to two months since Kangana Ranaut starrer Rangoon failed at the box office. The film’s failure earned the actress a lot of flak, particularly from Shekhar Suman. While Karan Johar never commented on the film's failure, the filmmaker took a sly dig at Ranaut over her comments on nepotism on his show, Koffee With Karan. After holding her silence on the film, Ranaut has now finally opened up on the failure of Rangoon, and hit out against her detractors.

Spekaing to Mid-Day, the actress stated the she was unfairly targeted over Rangoon’s failure with some using it as an opportunity to make personal attacks.

“I felt 'Rangoon''s failure was targeted at me. Various people used that time of my life to direct their anger at me. I felt it was unnecessary that when I was dealing with a vulnerable phase in my career; they were hitting out at me. 'Rangoon' was mounted on a humongous budget and publicised around my character. When something like that doesn't fare well, you do feel like sh*t,” Ranaut tolld Mid-day.

Rangoon may have bombed, but Ranaut is not bogged down by it. The actress said that she will continue to speak her mind. “I am not outspoken because I feel I command a certain opening for films and enjoy a great deal of success at the movies. Even when my films don't do as well, I don't stop feeling strongly about issues. But I don't use opportunities of professional hallmark to lash out at people. I will speak regardless. I notice how people start talking irrationally if your film hasn't worked. Something tells me that if it had [worked], they would have stayed quiet,” said Ranaut.

After his tweets stirred up a whole controversy, Shekhar Suman had told an online portal that Ranaut should 'gracefully accept her failure and shut her mouth'.

Johar had told at an event in London, that Ranaut was not fully correct about her nepotism charge, and had suggested that if the actress was so bogged by it, then she should quit the industry.

Ranaut was also upset with director Vishal Bhardwaj cuttng out a scene where her character Julia brutally whips herself. Introspecting on the film’s failure, Ranaut said, “The last few minutes didn't come together. We missed our shot at creating a glorious film by a small margin. It was indeed a difficult time dealing with that phase, but not as much as it might have been for a few other people involved with the project”.

There’s no introspection to be done with her future though. Ranaut has wrapped Hansal Mehta’s Simran, and will begin shooting for the period film Manikarnika later in the year.