Kangana Ranaut, born on 23rd March 1987, is an Indian actress who acts in Bollywood films. She made her Bollywood debut in 2006 in Gangster.
Kangana was born to Asha, a school teacher, and Amardeep, a businessman, in a Himachal Family. She has an elder sister, Rangoli and a younger brother, Akshit. She was born in a small town called Bhambla in Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh. Her family lives in Mandi. She did her schooling in Chandigarh and then moved to Delhi to become a model. She also joined the Elite Modelling Agency in Delhi in 2003 with the prospect of becoming a model. Kangana started her career as a theatre actor in Delhi with the Asmita Theatre Group.
Kangana trained under eminent theatre director Arvind Gaur. She participated in his theatre workshop at India Habitat Centre and acted in several plays. Her first play with Arvind Gaur was Girish Karnad's Taledanda (Rakt-Kalyan). Ranaut joined Asha Chandra's three-month course in 2004 to brush herself to face camera. Kangana then moved to Mumbai to try her luck in movies. During September 2005, Hindi film-maker Anurag Basu spotted her having coffee in a cafe in Mumbai, and offered her the leading role in Gangster, written by Mahesh Bhatt, and she accepted it. Released in 2006, the film became both critically and commercially successful and her performance was especially applauded. This was followed by another acclaimed performance in Woh Lamhe (2006).
Later, Kangana starred in yet another Anurag Basu project, the hit film Life In A Metro, as a confused girl who is looking for a real love. Her performance in the film earned her rave reviews. She also starred in Shakalaka Boom Boom (2007) as an aspiring singer. Her next film, Fashion, starring Priyanka Chopra and Mugdha Godse, was released in 2008. The film, portraying the dark side of the fashion world, was a critical success, and Ranaut's portrayal of a supermodel who loses everything on drug abuse gained her widespread praise, fetching her various awards, including the prestigious Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award and National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress.
She then starred in the successful thriller film Raaz - The Mystery Continues with Emraan Hashmi. The movie has been a commercial success and was declared as first reasonable hit of 2009. Her next release was Vaada Raha with Bobby Deol. Ek Niranjan was her second project in the South.
Kangana was briefly seen in a guest appearance opposite Hrithik Roshan in Kites as a rich casino owner's daughter. In 2010 Kangana was seen in Anees Bazmee's multi starrer film No Problem which did well at the box office. In 2011, Kangana was seen in the film Tanu Weds Manu starring opposite R.Madhavan.
She has also starred in films like Game, Ready, Double Dhamaal, Rascals and Tezz.