Kangna Ranaut: “Direction is just like having fun”


After director Krish walked out during the shoot of ‘Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi’ to begin his next project, it came to a surprise for all when lead actress Kangna Ranaut stepped in to direct the remainder of the film. Talking about her experience, Ranaut explained how great it was getting behind the camera.

“I was recently telling my sister that I don’t know why I like working as a technician.  No actor wants to be in the sun, doing recce when you can be in your suite. I am so comfortable in this job even though I don’t get to put on my makeup or get special treatment,” Asian Age reports Ranaut explaining.

She went on to add, “It’s a worker’s life and there is something amazing about this job. Why do people even consider it as a job? Acting is like a job but direction is just like having fun. I hope to get to do more of it.”

This will be Ranaut’s fist stint in a period drama, and it seems she put her all in playing the part as well as keeping the project going. “It’s a very special day for me. This film is very special because of its jinxed subject. Many people tried making this film. When I started shooting, I was hurt and had to get 20 stitches.  That day was the first day of my shoot so you can imagine the other obstacles we faced,” the actress expressed.

Talking of what came after Krish had left, Ranaut went on to say, “Has it ever happened that a director is out after half the film is made? We were looking at various options and Prasoon Joshi gave us confidence saying I was the right person but I was not ready.”

She further added, “The team has been so warm and made me feel confident. A young girl like me is going to take over and nobody pressurised me for the release date. But the day has a sentimental value so it was a difficult task for me.”

‘Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi’ is set to hit the big screens on 25th January.

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