Kangana Ranaut may be on top of the Bollywood ladder right now but that doesn’t mean that the actress hasn’t gone through times when she felt unworthy.
On the occasion of the International Women’s Day, the 28-year-old actress demanded that the regressive portrayal of women as “selfless” Indian ladies who only care about the happiness of the men in their lives should be stopped.
Growing up, she revealed she was constantly reminded about her ‘unwanted existence’ as she was a girl: “My parents had a child before Rangoli [her sister] who died within 10 days of his birth. He was called Hero; they simply couldn’t move on from the loss of that baby boy. But then Rangoli happened and she was taken care of, there was a huge celebration.”
“However, when I was born, my parents, my mother especially, couldn’t accept the fact that they had another baby girl. I know these stories in detail because every time a guest visited or there was a gathering, they repeated this story in front of me, they would say I was the unwanted child.”
The actress, who has acted in women-oriented films like Queen and Tanu Weds Manu Returns added, “It’s very hard to live in an environment where you’re reminded, constantly told that your existence is meaningless and that you are not meant to be here.”
The ever so confident star elaborated more while speaking at the launch of new cover of Femina magazine: “I read Kalki’s quote that we women feel as human as a man, we are no different, we have the same flesh and blood, our challenges are just the same. So to expect this larger-than-life, holier-than-thou sort of existence from us is impractical.”