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Kangana Ranaut: The Bollywood's Manikarnika

By Anwesha Padhi

While most actors in the show business have invested themselves into lockdown endorsements, delivering lifestyle goals and demonstrating a vague loyalty to social causes, Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut has committed herself to the #Warriors4SSR campaign - a global drive to bring the late Sushant Singh Rajput’s unnatural demise to a legal closure.

From having been one of the first actors to vocally address the issue of nepotism in the entertainment industry to openly brandishing the “movie mafia”, the Queen actor has time and again pushed the systematic discrimination against outsiders in the business to the limelight.

Ms. Ranaut got into an untangled association with the word “nepotism” after her stint on Koffee with Karan, where she candidly slipped the topic to the forefront. The rest is history. What followed was a barter of words with star kids standing their ground, launching defensive and projecting all possible justification for the struggle every actor has to go through in the process of making it big- irrespective of the family they come from. Artists without godfathers swarmed in and out, chose silence over commentary, stood the ground with the actress or denied having been discriminated on a nepotistic basis.

The Simran actor has, however, been open about her personal struggles and seemingly taken up the cudgels to bring outsiders to an equal standing as the industry prodigy. With the demise of actor Sushant Singh Rajput, layers unfolded and the ugly truth of nepotistic backing and the absolute blacklisting of actors without godfathers turned into a nationwide parley. Ms. Ranaut has been standing tall and communicating her thoughts to the public through social media regularly, keeping close tabs on the case.

Only time will tell the tale. For now, Kangana Ranaut continues to launch an offensive and destabilise the obvious divide between the two categories of actors- stars and strugglers. If talent triumphs over the privileges of genes or not is a talk for another day.

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