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In a democracy, it's very important that we work on equal opportunities: Kangana Ranaut


The actress spoke on nepotism, the challenge of being an outsider and being a 'Modi' fan at News18's Rising India Summit. 

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Actress Kangana Ranaut's march against the establishment has brought the actress her fair share of criticism as well as praise. The actress, however, is not one to shy away from speaking her piece. At the News18's Rising India Summit, Ranaut said that the coming age in the country belongs to these outsiders. "The myth of the fairytale has burst," she said in one expressive statement.

The actress, who was invited as one of the star personalities of last year, began by explaining her comment on nepotism on filmmaker Karan Johar's chat show. Explaining that she did not consider herself to be an activist, Ranaut maintained that she never thought the issue would acquire such infamy. However, she added, "The world is not going to be fair. You have to know how to work your way around it."

On being asked if her statement has effected a change, the actress emphasised that there was no need for it. "You can't ask me to shut up, but at the same time, you can't tell him to believe in the talent he doesn't believe in. He believes in dynasty, he believes in the bloodline. And it works for him. We can't tell him to turn around," she said,  adding, "There are people who are co-existing. There is a Karan Johar and there is a Kangana Ranaut as well. We have got to have that balance in society."

One topic that she spoke widely about was the rise of the outsiders. Given an example of the prime minister Narendra Modi, Ranaut said, "I am a big Modi fan. As a young woman, I believe that we need to have the right role models. We have a prime minister who is a chaiwallah, we always say that it is not his victory. It is the victory of the democracy. I feel that he is the right role model, and I do see that right now is the time when we are going to have a breakthrough."

The actress also added that, "The myth of the fairytale has burst. In a democracy it is very important that we work on equal opportunities."

Ranaut also spoke about the need to change people's perspectives about the country. She said, "We will only rise when our country rises. We need to make that happen ourselves. I want to go abroad and be treated with respect because I'm an Indian, not because I'm someone important. I'm a proud 21st century Indian girl, and yes, I will stand for my national anthem."

The actress is currently shooting for Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi, where she plays Rani Lakshmibai of Jhansi. Speaking about the project, she said, "Manikarnika has taken over my entire existence. The cast and crew are all hoping that it strikes the right chord with the audience."

The film has been scheduled to be released on 27 April, but is currently under production.