Kangana Amardeep Ranaut was born on 20 March 1984 in Bhambla, a village in Mandi District, Himachal Pradesh, India. She lived in Shimla and Chandigarh before moving to New Delhi. Her father Amardeep was a businessman while her mother Asha was a schoolteacher. She has an older sister called Rangoli and a younger brother, Akshit.
She did her schooling at the DAV Model School in Chandigarh. She went on to study at the Science College in Shimla and was interested in becoming a doctor. She moved to New Delhi and joined the Elite Modelling Agency but her modeling career did not take off. She also joined the Asmita Theater Group in 2003 and acted in several plays. She enrolled in Asha Chandra’s Acting School.
Kangana was dating Adhyayan Suman, son of actor Shekhar Suman and the couple had starred in Raaz – The Mystery Continues. However, they broke up in 2009. Aditya Pancholi accused the actress of using him to make it in Bollywood. Ranaut has maintained a stoic silence on the subject.
She was in a café when she was noticed by Anurag Basu and signed up for Gangster in 2005.
Kangana Ranaut’s Movies
2006 Kangana Ranaut appeared onscreen for the first time as Simran, a small town girl with big dreams who falls in love with a gangster in Anurag Basu’s Gangster. She won the Filmfare Best Actress Award. In Mohit Suri’s Woh Lamhe she played the role of Sana which was said to be based on Parveen Babi.
2007 Kangana was part of Shakalaka Boom Boom and Anurag Basu’s Life in a Metro, which was a hit.
2008 Her first Tamil movie, Dhaam Dhoom, saw her as Shenba and was successful. In Madhur Bhandarkar’s Fashion, she played the part of Shonali, a model who loses herself to drugs.
2009 Kangana’s first release in 2009 was Mohit Suri’s Raaz – The Mystery Continues. Her performance received positive reviews.
2010 She will be seen with Bobby Deol in Roshan and with Hrithik Roshan in Kites. She is also working with Italian director Gilda Pianelli in the movie, Between the Night and the Moon.
The actress has been cast for the part of Madhubala/Sona in Once Upon a Time in Mumbai. Ranaut who has mostly played tragic characters will get a chance to show her comic side in No Problem with Sushmita Sen. She will also be a part of another comedy, Tanu Weds Manu with Madhavan. She might be seen as Barkha Dutt in Knock Out.