• Thursday, October 06, 2022


Kangana Ranaut on turning down The Dirty Picture: I don’t think I would have done it better than Vidya Balan

Kangana Ranaut, Vidya Balan (Photo by SUJIT JAISWAL/AFP via Getty Images)

By: Murtuza Nullwala

By Murtuza Iqbal

In Bollywood, it happens many times that a film is offered to an actress and she turns down, and later another actress signs it, and the movie becomes a blockbuster at the box office. Not, many would know that for The Dirty Picture, the first choice was Kangana Ranaut, but she rejected the offer and the movie went to Vidya Balan.

Recently, while talking to Times Of India, when Kangana was asked if she regrets turning down any film, the actress stated, “Not really. But I think The Dirty Picture, just like I always said, turned out to be so wonderful! But I don’t think I would have done it better than Vidya Balan because she was terrific in that. But yes, sometimes I feel that I didn’t see the potential in that film. I was not given anything on the platter. A dialogue in my upcoming film goes, ‘If life gave me an ounce, I gave it back a pound’ and similarly, I made so much from my off-beat films! I became a mainstream star from parallel or off-beat films only.”

“I have completely made the most of my opportunities, multiplied the outcome of my opportunities into another proportion altogether. I have never done one of those conventional films of Rajkumar Hirani or Sanjay Leela Bhansali or even Dharma Productions, YRF, or any of the Khans’ films. I have done none of that but still; I’m the top leading actress who has made a name for herself. It is a case study on its own. Though I failed to see the opportunity in The Dirty Picture, I don’t regret it,” she added.

Kangana started her Bollywood journey with Anurag Basu’s Gangster. She recently completed 15 years in the industry.

Talking about the upcoming films of Kangana, the actress will be seen in movies like Thalaivi, Dhaakad, and Tejas.

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