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Kangana Ranaut to play an 80-year-old in her directorial debut, Teju


The actress has revealed that she will play an old woman in the film directed by herself.

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Shriram Iyengar

Finally, there is some good news about Kangana Ranaut. Fans awaiting the actress's directorial debut have some reason to cheer. In an interview to the tabloid Mumbai Mirror, Ranaut revealed that her first film as director will be titled, Teju.

The actress said, "Yes, I will play an 80-year-old woman in my first directorial, Teju."

Ranaut, who will also be scripting the film, said that Teju will go on the floors in December. Currently, the actress is involved in the final schedule of Hansal Mehta's Simran, post which she begins work on Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi.

The report quoted Ranaut as saying that her directorial venture will deal with questions on mortality, life and old age. She said, "These are questions that all of us ask ourselves and each other from time to time. We will explore them in a light-hearted manner in my film with the sunshine of Teju’s personality."

The actress also suggested that the film is her way of paying tribute to her great grandparents who helped raise her. Ranaut said, "Teju will be about every old person I know and have loved. It will also be a lot about me as I am older than my years. Today, unless I step out of my comfort zone, challenge myself as an actress, where is the need for me to leave my home, my family and my dog? I can live in comfort by simply cutting ribbons."

While Ranaut prepares to turn director, she is already facing a barrage of controversies. The actress was recently accused by director Ketan Mehta of 'hijacking' his 10-year project on Rani Lakshmibai of Jhansi. Meanwhile, Ranaut has already faced problems with writer-editor Apurva Asrani accusing her of stealing his credits for Simran.

These issues seem to have had no effect on the actress who is planning on producing her directorial debut, under Manikarnika Films. The film will also be jointly produced by the producers of Simran, Shailesh Singh.

Speaking about the location of the film, Ranaut said, "Teju will showcase Himachali life and culture which have largely gone unexplored in our mainstream cinema as filmmakers only use my part of the country as a beautiful setting for their songs. My film will be a visual treat but it will also give you a glimpse into my life before Bollywood, into the real Kangana whom few have known in all these years."

It looks like Ranaut is leaving no stone unturned to become a director.