Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari on working with Kangna Ranaut in ‘Panga’


Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari’s third directorial, ‘Panga’, starring Kangna Ranaut is all set to go on floors in Bhopal from 11th November.

Tiwari has fleshed out the story from a one-line idea that came from the production studio, Fox Star India.

‘Panga’ is a story about kabaddi, but it’s also about family values, relationships and challenging oneself. “A story that needs to be told and I’m telling it at the right time. That it’s also linked to a sport makes it more challenging,” says the director.

When one quizzed Tiwari on how she managed to convince Ranaut to be a part of ‘Panga’, she says, “She instantly called me back and asked why I was introducing myself. I met her on April 14, the South Indian New Year, and soon after the narration, she was on board, saying I was her first woman director.”

In the recent past, there were reports that Tiwari had included a non-interference clause in Ranaut’s contract. However, the same had been denied by both Tiwari and Ranaut. Reiterates the same, she said, “I like to make my own judgements on work, interactions and equations. No one has the right to pass snap judgements on my personal relationships. My equations have always been cordial and I trust Kangna to bring this character alive and she trusts me.”

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