She’s been winning innumerable plaudits for her quirky turn in ‘Queen’ and is said to be a shoe-in for a slew of gongs come award season but it seems that Kangana Ranaut isn’t too excited.
The frizzy-haired star on Friday bemoaned the tedium of Indian award ceremonies complaining that they were too numerous, often too long and – given that ‘Queen’ was shot on a shoestring budget – tough on the wallet.
Speaking to reporters after a promotional event in Mumbai, the National Award-winning actress said: “There are so many award ceremonies these days, almost 15-16. You have to sit for nearly 5-6 hours for each award show, plus spend around two hours for hair and make-up.
“The awards cost you a lot… It gets expensive.”
Above all however, Ranaut says that Indian awards aren’t “genuine”, particularly as these days they seem to be handed out like confetti.
“I think that our awards are not genuine. I think these days everyone gets an award, like there are awards for best smile and best sari, etc. It seems awards are given just for the sake of making people happy. Awards are not really a priority for me”, she said.
That won’t, however, mean that the 27-year-old actress will not be lauded widely for her delightful role as the heartbroken young Indian girl traversing through Europe in ‘Queen’.
And award-winning potential is set to get stronger with her next role.
Ranaut’s character in ‘Revolver Rani’, Alka Singh is the very antithesis of the bewildered Rani in ‘Queen’.
“When I went for narration of this film, my sister had come with me. She advised me not to do the film as the character was crazy, twisted, aggressive, abusive.
“The character seemed difficult, impossible to create on screen. But I took it up (sic)”, the actress says, adding that “no one would want to marry me after seeing the film”.
Produced by Tigmanshu Dhulia, ‘Revolver Rani’ is directed by relative newcomer Sai Kabir and, perhaps most promisingly of all, pairs Ranaut alongside Vir Das, the Harvard-educated comic often called the funniest man in India.