"It would be stupid for anyone to make the move to the West now"
With Bollywood actresses Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone being such a success in Hollywood, is Kangana Ranaut jealous?
In a recent interview with Mid-Day, Kangana Ranaut revealed that she thinks it is “stupid” for actors to move from Bollywood to Hollywood.
Could it be that she is alluding to Baywatch beauty Priyanka Chopra and xXx: Return of Xander Cage star Deepika Padukone?
The Indian entertainment industry and fans have been applauding Priyanka and Deepika’s success in the west, and many believe that this is the way forward for Bollywood’s stars.
Sonam Kapoor even hopes to follow in both Priyanka and Deepika’s footsteps to Hollywood as she joins California-based talent agency, UTA.
However, Kangana Ranaut makes it clear she has no aspirations to go to Hollywood. She says: “It would be stupid for anyone to make the move to the West now. Their theatre business is crashing because of the influx of digital media.
“Asia, on the other hand, is where Hollywood was 15 years ago. It is a lucrative time for entertainment here. These are baits that I won’t fall prey to.”
The Bollywood actress is one of the most highest-paid actresses in India. But it looks like she will not be following Deepika or PeeCee’s aspirations to go international.
Kangana is already enjoying national success with the likes of Queen (2013), Tanu Weds Manu (2015), Gangster (2006), Katti Batti (2015) and most recently Rangoon (2017).
The fearless Ranaut also scoffed at the patriarchal view of women in the interview with Mid-Day. Kangana proclaims most men cannot have sex with strong women.
“Bold, stubborn women, who are achievers, are desirable only to those who are strong and assured. [For some men] it’s frightening to handle a woman who can speak her mind. Thankfully, that’s not true of everyone. Courage is often endearing and rare.”
Her comment appears to be a dig at actor Hrithik Roshan, with whom she had a fling with in 2016.
The couple made headlines as Kangana insisted that Hrithik had an illicit relationship with her “behind closed doors”, but Hrithik has denied everything.
Kangana further explains how the lawyers got involved. She says: “I was dragged to court for being who I am. I was restricted to a relationship that was [carried out] behind closed doors and I fought it fair and square. People [can] talk rubbish, but they can’t decide how I lead my life.”
Ranaut calls herself “opinionated and inherently badass”. She believes the female contemporaries in Bollywood hold people back from saying the truth or how they feel because they fear a backlash.
She adds: “Women are raised to believe they are healers. They can only nurture. People appreciate the goody two-shoes. Even the most successful women want to be liked by others. There is the alluring promise of heaven for those who can love selflessly.
“It’s fine if they can’t look themselves in the eye, but the world should see them as the epitome of holiness. They [her colleagues] don’t stand up for themselves, forget doing it for others.”
Kangana Ranaut will soon be starring as Julia in the 2017 film Rangoon, directed by Vishal Bhardwaj. The film also sees actors Shahid Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan. Rangoon releases from 24th February 2017.