"I feel the West borrows from our mythology a lot."
In an interview, Kangana Ranaut claimed that The Avengers franchise is inspired by the Indian mythological epic, Mahabharata, and the Hindu text, the Vedas.
Comparing Iron Man’s armour to Karna’s armour in Mahabharata and Thor’s hammer to Hanuman wielding his ‘gada’, Kangana said that “the West borrows from our mythology a lot”.
When asked if she’d take the Indian mythological approach or the Hollywood style when preparing for a superhero role, Kangana said:
“I would definitely adopt the Indian approach.
“I feel the West borrows from our mythology a lot.
“When I look at their superheroes like Iron Man, I feel his armour can be related to Karna’s armour from Mahabharata. Thor wielding the hammer can be compared to Hanumanji and his gada (mace).
“I felt that The Avengers was also inspired by the Mahabharata.”
She went on to say:
“Their visual perspective is different, but the origins of these superhero stories are hugely inspired by our Vedas.
“They acknowledge this fact, too. Likewise, I would also want to do something original and why be limited to a via inspiration from the West.”
Kangana will be next seen in the spy thriller Dhaakad and she has often compared it to the James Bond franchise.
The actress also said that she wants to do an action film that is inspired by the Tomb Raider and Kill Bill films.
Producer Peter Radar had previously spoken about the Indian connection to Hollywood films, saying:
“Look at the first Matrix movie. It’s a yogic movie. It says that this world is an illusion. It’s about maya – that if we can cut through the illusions and connect with something larger we can do all sorts of things.
“Neo achieves the abilities of the advanced yogis [Paramahansa] Yogananda (Peter’s directorial) described, who can defy the laws of normal reality.
“A lot of people know that if we quieten down we can tap into a deeper power.”
“And the movies that tap into that, like Star Wars and Interstellar, are hugely popular.”
Meanwhile, Dhaakad will be released on May 20, 2022, where it will clash with Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 at the box office.
Kangana claimed that even though Dhaakad is a “bigger” film than Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2, its release will not be as wide.
She said that she hopes for positive word of mouth to encourage exhibitors to give it more shows in the coming days.
On the production side, Kangana has a number of films under her banner, including Emergency and Manikarnika Returns: The Legend Of Didda.