A New Avatar: Kangana Ranaut
An actress with edge. A woman on edge. In her three-year stint in Bollywood, the anything-but-bland Kangna Ranaut has swiftly earned the mixed distinction of being both. With four releases – including the much-hyped Kites with Hrithik Roshan – due for release this year, the leggy looker appears to have left her turbulent past behind and fashioned a calmer, savvier sense of self. Sona Bahadur meets her 2010 incarnation, a beguiling blend of soul and spunk.
She'd make one gorgeous Neytiri. Were James Cameron to consider making a Bollywood version of his sci-fi epiphany Avatar, Kangna Ranaut would be my numero uno choice to play the part of the lovely Na'vi heroine. Her sleek, streamlined body, her dreamy (and slightly spaced out) wide eyes, the Zen visage.... And it's not just her looks. She actually seems to have evolved enough to merit a place in Pandora.
Exit the raw 17-year-old debutante of Gangster who embodied turbulence and volatility both on and off screen. The lady who breezes into Jatin Kampani's studio for the Verve shoot on this sunny winter Sunday morning is a picture of calm and poise. There's much that's different about Kangna in the New Year - high-profile releases, fresh energy and a great new attitude. It's as though she has sandpapered the rough edges to fashion a refined version of herself (without abandoning her intrinsic DNA, mercifully.)
How did she pull it off? In a freewheeling chat, Kangna walks down the ten-fold path that made for her happier, more balanced 2010 avatar.