She does not need a hunter in a hand. As fearless as Julia is, she oozes confidence with her blonde curls and blood red lipstick. She stings and emits hot smoke with her quick, sharp words, like a dragon with a dictionary. Then she smiles a faint smile as if saying “peace”.
But the man at the receiving end is squirming away, putting up a brave, sporting front as he giggles at being called a “movie mafia” don who encourages “nepotism”. Even more amusing, is the onlooker — the dashing Nawab, who can never be anything but politically correct, constantly changing expressions from gaping to whispering a “wow” of disbelief to raising his brows in every possible direction. All throughout, he seems ready to fall off the famous coffee couch of Koffee With Karan.
The recent episode with Kangana Ranaut and Saif Alia Khan has been, by far, the most hilarious, entertaining, cut-throat honest conversation dominated entirely by a female star. She continues to prove that she is indeed nothing but a Queen who will not allow the most powerful filmmaker to hold court or be “frivolous” as she bluntly puts it.
Kangana Ranaut is ready to take on Bollywood nepotism by its horns, and how.
Every time a man in the past has tried to malign her, she has stood her ground with unfailing courage. With three national awards under her belt of talent and limitless passion, she chooses the right time and platform to give it back to those who dare make fun of her, not just in their private drawing rooms but on national television.
When she reminds the subject of her rightful attack — Karan Johar — how he and those sitting on his famous ‘Koffee’ couch have made fun of her English or dismissed her as someone who cannot make it, she also adds most rationally how it has only pushed her to improve herself.
This is the stuff every Bollywood outsider faces but dare not voice. In fact, the contrast between insiders and outsiders could not be starker with both other guests on the show — Shahid and Saif, belonging to families who have been well established for a generation or so. Normally, Karan’s show is dominated by banter surrounding his Dharma universe, and lots of sex details. So, it is fascinating to watch how the show turned around, this time.
With due credit to Karan Johar, who accepts the charges graciously and apologises, one hopes that this candid interview will give courage to the larger talent out there, ignored or silenced with the snobbery that exists.
A sight most common on the show is that of two men going nudge-nudge, wink-wink when it comes to a woman as a subject of ridicule. So, it was only natural when Kangana reacted to Karan’s wink at Shahid, when he asked about their passionate lovemaking scene in their upcoming film, Rangoon. She immediately reprimanded Karan on belittling an artist’s hard work on sets and the effort that goes into creating an impactful lovemaking scene.
A frivolous talk show hath no fury like a serious, national award winning artist, indeed.
Beware Bollywood. Here comes a pretty, badass lady who wears her unabashed intelligence on her sleeves, much like the most refreshing and heady perfume, stronger than a whip.
Published Date: Feb 20, 2017 03:58 pm | Updated Date: Feb 20, 2017 03:58 pm