Pahlaj Nihalani labels Kangna Ranaut as “star material”


Former CBFC Chairperson, Pahlaj Nihalani has spoken about Kangna Ranaut, who has been embroiled in controversy over her spat with Hrithik Roshan.

Nihalani has branded the actress as “star material” when he worked for a film in 2006 called ‘I Love You Boss’, which later got shelved.

He was cited in PinkVilla saying, “When I first met her, I wanted to cast her in my film. There was something that set her apart even then. I felt that she was star material which is why I signed her. She was very honest, very down-to-earth and sincere in her work. Usske andar mujhe ek quality nazar aayi, aur mujhe achcha lage. Even then she was very open, straight-forward and transparent – she was very candid, there was no hanky-panky about her, and spoke whatever was there in her mind. Kangana has come from Himachal Pradesh aur Himachal ka jo ek acha hawa… Acchi cheezein hota hai… Kangana was like that. There was no Mumbaiyya influence in her… Even then, she had integrity and was exactly as you saw her – much like she is today.”

Talking about her involvement in ‘I Love You Boss’, the producer says, “Kangana has always been a very hard-working girl. During prepping, she would always discuss the smallest of details of the shoot as she was keen to understand each and everything that went into a film. Kangana also had a very clear and keen mind that grasped everything about detailing and she would keep asking questions… Yeh kya hua, kaise hua…”

Nihalani was clear not to be dragged into the ongoing controversy. He said, “I won’t say anything because to talk on a matter, without knowing anybody or anything or having any interaction with the people concerned, is not a good thing. It’s true that I brought her into Bollywood and was to launch her but what happens is when relations are good with somebody, you speak good about that person and when your relationship is not good you talk negative about the person. I don’t like that. Relationships make everything right and they can also make you go against some person so I don’t want to talk against anybody so I don’t want to backbite against somebody. As a human being, I don’t have the right to talk against anybody without being fully aware of what’s happening, without knowledge and knowing true facts on the subject.”

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