Kangana Ranaut – From Being an “Underdog” to the “Reigning Queen of Bollywood”

It's been more than ten years for Kangana Ranaut in the Hindi Film industry. And, this unconventional beauty has risen from strength to strength. She is today undoubtedly the reigning queen of Bollywood. Three-time National Award winning actress Kangana Ranaut is considered as one of the best actresses in the film industry today. Having come from a non-filmy family, Kangana has made her own road in this male-dominated industry which is notoriously unwelcome to those who are not from the filmy pedigree. Today, she has not just fit in this industry but has also made herself stand out.

On her 29th birthday today, let's look at the top ten movies of Kangana that prove why she is the reigning queen of Bollywood:

1. Gangster
The Bollywood Journey of Kangana started with this Anurag Basu romantic crime drama. She brilliantly portrayed the role of Simran, a girl stuck between her conflicting feelings for a criminal and a cop. She won the Filmfare Award for Best Debut Female for Gangster.

2. Woh Lamhe
Playing a schizophrenic character in her second film itself is quite a bold decision by any actor. But Kangana is always known to play unconventional roles right from the start of her career. Her performance in Woh Lamhe was critically acclaimed.

3. Life In A…Metro
Although the film had an ensemble cast, Kangana stood out with her brilliant performance as an office secretary who rises up the rank pretty quickly because of her affair with her boss.

4. Fashion
This was the film which fetched Kangana Ranaut her first National Award for Best Supporting Actress. She portrayed the role of a troubled supermodel Shonali Gujral in this Madhur Bhandarkar classic.

5. Raaz: The Mystery Continues
For the first time, Kangana was seen in a Horror film. She played a possessed model, Nandita, who is tormented by the ghosts of the past in this mystery film. The movie did pretty well at the box office.

6. Once Upon a Time In Mumbai
This was not a quintessential leading role, but Kangana impressed us all as the stunning Bollywood actress Rehana who was the love interest of Mumbai's most powerful underworld criminal, Sultan Mirza, played by Ajay Devgn .

7. Tanu Weds Manu
Tanuja Trivedi is a character which is now immortal in the history of Bollywood. And, the credit goes to Kangana Ranaut. She stole hearts as the brash, loud-mouthed, unapologetic UP girl Tanuja Trivedi in this classic comedy-drama.

8. Revolver Rani
Carrying off such outrageous costumes and dialogues and going totally over-the-top, only one actress can do it – Kangana Ranaut. Although the film bombed at the box office but Kangana was praised for her performance as a paan-chewing, abuse-spewing, political goon of Chambal in Revolver Rani.

9. Queen
A movie like Queen comes once in a lifetime. This was the film which made us all fall in love with Kangana. With her brilliant portrayal of Rani, a simple small town girl, who embarks upon a solo honeymoon, after being left at the altar by her fiance, Kangana showed us what she is capable of. She totally deserved The National Award for Best Actress for this film.

10. Tanu Weds Manu Returns
If it was Tanuja Trivedi in the prequel, it was Kusum in the sequel who stole our hearts completely. Her young Hariyanvi student-athlete – Kusum aka Datto, was even more endearing than Tanu! She again received the National Award for Best Actress.

Her latest outing, Vishal Bhardwaj's Rangoon, where she was cast opposite Saif Ali Khan and Shahid Kapoor, didn't do many wonders at the box office. Nevertheless her portrayal of Ms. Julia was well appreciated.

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