Kangana Ranaut is known for her outspoken nature. The actress attended the NDTV India Youth For Change Conclave in New Delhi on Monday and got candid about her evolution in the film industry. She was present with Hansal Mehta, director of her upcoming film, Simran at the conclave where she spoke about her conservative family in great length. The 31-year-old actress hails from a small town called as Mandi in Himachal Pradesh and belongs to a conservative Rajput family, which she describes to be extremely patriarchal.
When she was asked if she felt proud to belong to a Rajput community, she said, “I could never feel pride for my lineage.” The actress revealed in a heart-to-heart media interaction that she was brought up in an extreme environment where her younger brother was bought toy guns and told to join the armed forces where as she was chided to get married and settle down, on growing up. She was apparently even shamed for wearing a mini skirt to college in Chandigarh and phone calls would be made to her father to inform him about the length of her hemline. (ALSO READ: Kangana Ranaut learns sword-fighting for the Rani Laxmi Bai biopic)
“I just wanted to be free. I want to tell women that they should fight for their own dignity, be it against fathers, husbands or children,” she said, adding that she would feel suffocated at home in a conservative environment like that. It’s been almost a decade now that Kangana has been living in Mumbai and has thus lived on both sides of the social divide to know what drives people’s social behaviour. “Big cities are money-oriented, small towns are more concerned about what buaji, mausiji and other people will say,” she said.