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Kangana Ranaut ( ; born 20 March 1987) is an Indian actress who acts in Bollywood films. She made her Bollywood debut in 2006 in Gangster.

Early life

Ranaut was born to Asha, a school teacher and Amardeep, a businessman. She has an elder sister, Rangoli and a younger brother Akshit. She was born in a small town called Bhambla in Mandi district of Himachal Pradeshmarker. Her family lives in Mandi.

She did her schooling in Chandigarhmarker from DAV model school Sector 15. She then moved to Delhi to become a model. She also joined the Elite Modelling Agency situated in Delhi in 2003 with the prospect of becoming a model.


Theatre career

Ranaut started her career as a theatre actor in Delhimarker with the Asmita Theatre Group She trained under eminent theatre director Arvind Gaur. She participated in his theatre workshop at India Habitat Centremarker and acted in several plays. Her first play with Arvind Gaur was Girish Karnad's Taledanda (Rakt-Kalyan).

Film career

Ranaut joined Asha Chandra's three-month course in 2004 to brush herself to face camera. Ranaut moved to Mumbaimarker to try her luck in movies. During September 2005, Hindi film-maker Anurag Basu spotted her having coffee in a cafe in Bombay, and offered her the leading role in Gangster, written by Mahesh Bhatt, and she accepted it. Released in 2006, the film became both critically and commercially successful and her performance was especially applauded. This was followed by another acclaimed performance in Woh Lamhe (2006).

Later, Kangana starred in yet another Anurag Basu project, the hit film Life In A... Metro, as a confused girl who is looking for a real love. Her performance in the film earned her rave reviews. She also starred in Shakalaka Boom Boom (2007) as an aspiring singer. Her next film, Fashion, starring Priyanka Chopra and Mugdha Godse, was released in 2008. The film, portraying the side of the fashion world, was a critical success, and Ranaut's portrayal of a supermodel who loses everything on drug abuse gained her widespread praise, fetching her various awards, including the prestigious Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award.

Her latest film is the thriller Raaz - The Mystery Continues with Emraan Hashmi. The movie has been a commercial success and was declared as first reasonable hit of 2009. As of July 2009, her next release is Kites, opposite Hrithik Roshan, as well as Ek Niranjan which is her second project in the South. Ek Niranjan is a Telugu Film directed by Puri Jagannadh, the director of the movie Pokiri, which has been remade in Hindi as Wanted with Salman Khan and Ayesha Takia.






Year Film Role Notes
2006 Gangster Simran Winner, Filmfare Best Female Debut Award
Woh Lamhe Sana Azim
2007 Shakalaka Boom Boom Ruhi
Life in a... Metro Neha
2008 Dhaam Dhoom Shenba Tamil film
Fashion Shonali Winner, Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award
2009 Raaz - The Mystery Continues Nandita
Vaada Raha Pooja
Ek Niranjan Sameera Telugu film

2010 Kites Gia Releasing March 2010
Once Upon A Time In Mumbai Madhubala/Sona In-production
No Problem Post-Production
Actor Announced
Tanu Weds Manu Tanu Filming
Knockout Barkha Dutt Filming

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