Kangana Ranaut has seen better days; with two flops and a clash with Hrithik Roshan, Karan Johar and more, the actor says her earnings are now suffering.
In an interview with Mumbai Mirror, the Tanu Weds Manu star said, “The offers haven’t slowed but my commercial viability has been affected. The endorsements are fewer, my earnings are down and my plan to open my own production house has had to be pushed.”
However, she is not discouraged by it and wants to be seen as a role model instead. “But I have signed three films, have a beautiful house in Manali now and an office on Pali Hill and I’m going to Harvard so don’t write me off just yet. I don’t want my life to become a cautionary tale but an inspiration for young girls and for that I will survive and succeed.”
Kangana has been invited as a keynote speaker at the annual India Conference at Harvard Business School in February next year. Impressive? Quite so.
She said she will “talk about new opportunities in the entertainment business that TV, digital platforms and streaming sites have brought in which I want to experiment with too,” as well as give a shout out to Saba Qamar and Irrfan Khan starrer Hindi Medium.
“I want to point to films like Hindi Medium which merged the lives of disparate social hierarchies in a realistic rather than aspirational portrayal of society.”
Giving her two cents about the global sexual harassment debate, “I am not saying men have not been exploitative. They have been for centuries. But today’s woman is also not as simple as she pretends to be. But just as there are good men and bad men, there are women who are exploitative, cunning and also blatantly shameless to offer themselves.”
“A woman can offer herself to any and as many men as she wants but that doesn’t give anyone the right to force himself on her. Also, while a sexual offender should be shamed into not repeating the offense with others, I believe a young girl on the threshold of a bright career shouldn’t be pushed into speaking up and getting kicked out. It’s better to play safe and open up when she can make a difference like many of these actresses in Hollywood are today.”