Name: Kangana Ranaut or Kangna
Astrological Sign: Aries
Date of Birth: March 23, 1987
Writing Hand: Right Handed
Body Piercing: Belly Button and nose
Birth City: Himachal Pradesh-Bhambla area of hilltown Mandi district.
Native Town: Dehra Dun. Kangana lived there practically all of her life.
New Home: A three-bedroom house on Turner Road in Bandra
Old Residence: Mumbai, a flat on Yari Road, Versova
Mother: Asha Ranaut - School Teacher (Living)
Father: Amardeep Ranaut - Businessman/Contractor (Living)
Siblings: Aksht -Younger brother in college (a year younger than herself), younger sister and Rangoli - Elder sister (engaged) who studies microbiology
Grandfather: He was an IAS Officer
Best Friend: Jaspreet from London
Marital Status: Single
Favourite Heroines: Madhubala, Angelina Jolie and Parveen Babi.
Favourite Heros: Shahrukh, Salman, and Aamir
Favourite Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Theatre Experience : She did a bit of theatre in New Delhi.
Debut Film: Gangster
Languages: Hindi, French, and English
Education: Science student in Shimla
Modeling: Elite School of Modeling
Dance Education: A trained Kathak dancer and is learning to sing
Singing Guru: Amitabh Chakraborty
Was a member of: Smita Theatre Group under Arvind Gaur
Passions: Yoga! Loves to cook! Cooks spicy foods! Makes elaborate meals.
Loves: "I catch up on sleep. A good eight-nine hours sleep works wonders for me. It rejuvenates me completely."
Favourite Teacher: Principal (DAV Girl's school) Mrs Sachdev.
(Giggles) Oh! That was at the age of 16. I went on a blind date in school and it turned out to be a real disaster, contrary to what I'd expected.
Happiest moment of your life?
(Gushes) When my parents came down to Mumbai, we all had a blast and I felt complete like never before. So much so that I was close to tears. Also, once when I dined with a very close friend of mine. It was truly one of the happiest moments of my life.
Dal Chawal Sabzi and Hyderabadi Biryani...I just drool over it!
Your take on black magic, superstitions and ghosts?
(Laughs) I believe in God and so I also believe in ghosts. I guess they torture you if you don't worship them.
Your idea of an ideal man?
My ideal guy has to be very sensitive. Sensitivity towards others is the most important quality that attracts me to a guy. Also a good personality is a must.
Beauty or brains?
(Laughs) Both are equally important so I'd choose both.
Last book that you read?
The Tropical Spa: Asian Secrets of Health, Beauty and Relaxation by Sophie Benge.
Most prized possession?
I have a photograph of Durga Mata ever since I left my house. I take it wherever I go so it's close to my heart.
Do u believe in rebirth?
No, I don't blindly believe in things.
What's your take on pollution and environment?
People should not litter on the roads, and stop using plastic bags.
What is your idea of social work?
I think we should help the under privileged, small kids and physically challenged people in whatever little way we can.
Most cherished moments of your school or college days?
Too many actually. I've always been an extrovert, I've participated in debates and elocutions and been a basket ball player in school.
If you could change 1 thing about India, what would it be and why?
I want India to be really beautiful. I would wanna change many things right from the roads to pollution etc.
What is sense of humour to you?
I think not everyone has a great sense of humour. Humour is something that comes naturally to a few people. You just cannot fake it and try to be funny.
I strongly believe that if you have that burning desire and passion to learn, you can learn anything and everything under the sun.
Spirituality to you means?
I meditate and believe in the super natural power that governs all of us.
Last time you took a cab?
Some nine months back in Mumbai.
Last time you went to the sabzi mandi?
(Chuckles) Oh! Just one month back. I love to cook and bargain.
Last time you cooked?
I'd love to but I've just been shooting round the clock.
Last time you cried?
I don't remember but I break into tears very easily.
Last time you fought with someone?
Just a few days back though it was a small argument.
Sensitivity and an appealing personality again!
People who brag a lot and try to be someone they are not.
(Can't stop laughing) I guess the number of neurons in my brain
I just can't resist good food. I immediately give in the temptation.
Pop, Classical (Ravi Shankar) & Soft.
Do you like the rains?
Yes, I like the rain. It's my favorite and I love to get wet! I enjoy it's flavor.
Which is your favorite rain song?
There is no specific song as such. But yes, I do enjoy classical music or ghazals by Jagjit Singh.
What kind of outfits do you prefer in the rains?
I don't go for jeans and trousers. I prefer cotton clothes and shorts during the monsoons. It's quite comfortable. For footwear, I like chappals. It's comfortable.
What is your most memorable incident from the monsoons?
That was last year on 26th July. It was a horrible day. I was stuck in my car and finally had to walk from Juhu to my place. When I reached home, there was no electricity. I faced lots of problems.
How do you chill out during the rains?
If it's raining heavily, then I like to stay at home and chill out with my best pals. I like having beer or Champagne with them. Having hot coffee with onion bhajiyas is also not a bad idea.
"I'm shooting in Goa right now, it's raining but the situation is under control. I always look forward to the rainy season and I guess we all should welcome it. One can't blame the monsoons for disorders and stuff. We have to learn to deal with the weather. Also, polythene bags should be banned completely as they pose a serious threat to the environment," coos gorgeous "Gangster" actress Kangana.
Kangna Ranaut comes from the hill town of Manali in Himachal Pradesh. She did her schooling from Shimla.
Studying as a science student in Shimla, Kangna had never thought that one day she would work in a film under a reputed banner in Bollywood. But she did harbour a dream of acting, a dream that brought her to Delhi where she learnt acting while doing theatre.
Then Kangna took another step and came to Mumbai to try her luck in films. Her lucky break did not come straightaway, but after a while when Kangna had already tried unsuccessfully to make an entry into the tinsel town.
It happened in September 2005, when Kangna was drinking coffee with one of her friends at a café in Mumbai. Filmmaker Anurag Basu , who had already directed a successful film, Murder , was keeping an open eye for the heroine of his next movie Gangster .
It was there Basu spotted Kangna and called her for the audition. Despite the fact that Kangna is not from a filmi background and has no real acting experience, Basu decided to cast her in his film. The rest, as they say, is history.
Asian Festival of First Films, Best Actress, Gangster
Filmfare Best Female Debut Award, Gangster
Filmfare Fairever Fresh Face of the Year Award, Gangster
IIFA Best Female Debut Award, Gangster
Star Screen Award for Most Promising Newcomer - Female, Gangster
Zee Cine Award for Best Female Debut, Gangster
Stardust Superstar of Tomorrow - Female, Gangster
Bollywood Movie Award - Best Female Debut, Gangster
Stardust Breakthrough Performance Award (Female), Life in a... Metro
National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress,Fashion
Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award, Fashion
IIFA Best Supporting Actress Award, Fashion
Stardust Best Supporting Actress Award, Fashion
Apsara Awards Best Supporting Actress , Fashion
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