Times Kangana Ranaut won hearts with her versatility: From Tanu Wed Manu to Queen

    Kangana Ranaut is one of the most unique and talented actors of Bollywood. On her birthday, let's revisit her most iconic characters till date

    Kangana Ranaut

    Actress Kangana Ranaut, who has solidified her status as a powerhouse of talent in Indian cinema, is celebrating her 37th birthday today. With an impressive tally of four National Awards, she continues to impress her audiences with her on screen versatility. On her special day, let's explore her journey in the entertainment industry and uncover the top characters she played, which are worth revisiting today.


    Kangana Ranaut's debut in Gangster served as compelling evidence of her natural affinity for the camera. Anurag Basu's acclaimed work delves into themes of betrayal and love as it unravels the story of Simran (portrayed by Kangana Ranaut), who finds herself entangled with Daya (played by Shiney Ahuja), a notorious criminal. This unforeseen revelation deeply unsettles Simran, leading her to resent her circumstances. Frustrated with her life, she eventually seeks solace in the companionship of Akash (portrayed by Emraan Hashmi).


    Kangana Ranaut's portrayal of Queen's character has left an indelible mark on her career. The film not only made waves in Hindi cinema but also proved transformative for the actor. Like her on-screen persona Rani, Kangana discovered her voice through this film, emerging as a prominent advocate for feminism. Consequently, she fearlessly confronted issues within Bollywood, notably igniting the nepotism controversey. She gave a stellar performance in this film getting her the much needed recognisation. 

    Tanu Weds Manu

    In Anand L Rai's romantic comedy franchise, Kangana, in the roles of Tanuja Trivedi and Sangwan (aka Datto), shattered stereotypes once again. The success of the films challenged the notion that audiences only prefer love stories set in Switzerland and London. Kangana's portrayal of the rebellious Tanu from Kanpur, unapologetic about her life choices drives the film's narrative. While Tanu is impulsive, her lookalike Datto remains loyal despite coming from a conservative background. Kangana brings authenticity to both characters, captivating audiences with her acting prowess every time she appears on-screen in both Tanu Weds Manu and Tanu Weds Manu Returns.


    In the Madhur Bhandarkar-directed film, Kangana delivered a standout performance as Shonali Gujral, portraying the gritty reality of the fashion industry. Inspired by model Gitanjali Nagpal's struggles, Kangana's character undergoes numerous personal and professional challenges. When faced with a humiliating wardrobe malfunction during a runway show and subsequently replaced by the agency, Shonali reaches her breaking point. Kangana skillfully depicted the emotionally fragile, hot-headed, and insecure nature of a supermodel facing downfall. Despite Priyanka Chopra leading the cast, Kangana's stellar portrayal earned her the National Award for Best Supporting Actress.

    We wish the versatile beauty a very happy birthday! May all of Kangana's dreams come true this year.