Kangana Ranaut is known for making controversial statements, every time that there is a mike in front of her. And now she becomes those rare examples of actors who demand that their work be lauded and if not, there is something wrong with the reward system. In a media interaction during her 32nd birthday, Kangana was asked whether she is expecting a National award for her performance in Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi. The actress had earlier won India's most prestigious movie award thrice - Best Supporting Actress (Fashion) and two Best Actress awards (for Queen and Tanu Weds Manu Returns). Kangana Ranaut Charges Rs 24 Crore for Jayalalithaa Biopic, Beats Deepika Padukone To be the Highest Paid Actress in Bollywood.
In reply to that question, Kangana said, "I feel there are certain things which if you will not respect, then it is, in turn, disrespectful for that organisation itself. So, if I or my film Manikarnika doesn’t win at National film awards, then it will question the credibility of that award ceremony but if I come across other good work then, I will be objective enough to say it’s better than me." That is quite confident of someone whose film and performance had both been met with a mixed response. Manikarnika Movie Review: Kangana Ranaut’s Dominant Show Gives an Energetic Appeal to This Faltering Historical Drama.
And like always, her statement didn't go down well with many of the Bollywood fans. They called her out for her narcissism. Check out the tweets below:
Sure 'Manikarnika' definitely deserve awards, demanding it and questioning the instutions. Credibility, Question Kangana Ranaut integrity, does she make film's only for awards or for the love of the craft? https://t.co/Vt83F2nmzZ
— Marsha (@Marsha98693009) March 24, 2019
Knowledge makes people humble. Arrogance makes people ignorant.https://t.co/qk8LpE51Nf
— kabir (@KabirTrivedi) March 24, 2019
“If I or my film Manikarnika doesn’t win at National film awards, then it will question credibility of that award ceremony," says Kangana Ranaut.
This woman basically accuses everyone who doesn't go her way. Questioning same awards that she boasts about everywhere...Heights!
— Deepika Bhardwaj (@DeepikaBhardwaj) March 25, 2019
Kangana today said, "If I don't get the national award for Manikarnika then it will be an insult of National Award"
She seriously needs to chill stop saying such pompous things. Like we know you are talented. Stop praising your own self like a maniac.
— Aman (@cadence99) March 23, 2019
— Raju Pittu (@RajuPittu759) March 24, 2019
Everyone, who can survive Manikarnika till the end, deserves a National Bravery Award! https://t.co/WfoL2nzWXI
— Kapil (@kapsology) March 25, 2019
Give #KanganaRanaut the national award for claiming the award itself so shamelessly. Having played the clichéd reverse psychology card already and disregarding some great performances last year, she continues to ride the chariot of arrogance from #Manikarnika https://t.co/SP1CrodPXd
— Rahul (@itsasaujoo) March 24, 2019
There will be creation of more doubt if Manikarnika gets a national award
— AazaadPanchhi (@gabbi612) March 24, 2019
Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi had come out during Republic Day weekend this year. The movie marked the directorial debut of Kangana, a credit that she shared with Telugu film-maker Krish (though she claims that she reshoot many of the portions herself). Manikarnika had grossed more than Rs 100 crore at the box office. However, its profitability by theatre revenue is questionable since the reshoots had shot up the budget.