When recently Kangana Ranaut’s sister Rangoli lashed out at Randeep Hooda calling him, among other things, a permanent failure, I suddenly remembered my lunch appointment where, very foolishly , I had invited both Randeep and Kangana together. This was soon after Kangana’s Gangster had released. I was very impressed. And Kangana was very grateful for my praise. She was keen to meet me , and I her. During a visit to Mumbai, I invited her to lunch at the Marriott. But I also invited Randeep who was at that time a friend and already an established name.
Randeep arrived first. And Kangana joined us later. This was the first time we had met, Kangana and I, and she seemed very excited talking fast and furiously and eating well too.
I was very impressed by how dexterously she could eat and talk. Randeep observed the talkative livewire carefully, not saying much. But then the acting teacher within Randeep suddenly surfaced and he began to give (unsolicited) gyan to Kangana about acting, how to speak her lines, whom to work with, etc etc.
At first Kangana was quiet. She then interrupted him in a shrill voice, “I don’t need your advice on how to run my career.”
Ouch! I think the people at the next table heard her. I didn’t know where to look. So I looked intently at the malai kofta on my plate. The lunch went downhill from there, and we rapidly wrapped up our meal and left.
Randeep was of course, understandably hurt. But not as much as Kangana who called me the same evening and gave me a tongue-lashing, “Sir, why did you have to invite someone else? Next time when we meet, please don’t invite a third person.”
She was right. During those days I really appreciated Kangana’s bluntspeak. She would say exactly what she felt and didn’t care who it was. About one of her leading men her comment was, “Dilli ke mithai ke dukaan wala lagta hai.”
I still don’t know what it means. But I am laughing as I write about her description. Yes, Kangana you used to be fun. What happened to you?