Actress Kangana Ranaut admitted to feeling distraught after her film with Vishal Bharadwaj – Rangoon – failed to do well at the box office. Speaking to Mid-Day, the actress talked about how a crucial scene featuring her was axed from the film – a scene that she gave her all.
“I, for one, thought the film had all the ingredients to be a profitable business proposition. It [film’s failure] was heartbreaking. Before this film, every time people asked me if failure throws me back, I knew the answer was no. Do I go into a low zone? Well, this time around I was affected,” she said.
Kangana also spoke about going through a vulnerable time when she felt the film’s failure was targeted at her. “Various people used that time of my life to direct their anger at me. I felt it was unnecessary that when I was dealing with a vulnerable phase in my career, they were hitting out at me [sic]. Rangoon was mounted on a humongous budget and publicised around my character. When something like that doesn’t fare well, you do feel like shit,” she added.
Made on a budget of Rs 80 crores, Rangoon managed to collect around Rs 41 crores, and was declared a box office failure. The film opened to a lukewarm response of Rs 6 crores, and to mostly mixed and unfavourable reviews by critics.
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Kangana felt that she and the film’s team missed their shot at a successful film by a small margin. “The last few minutes didn’t come together. We missed our shot at creating a glorious film by a small margin. It was indeed a difficult time dealing with that phase, but not as much as it might have been for a few other people involved with the project,” she said.
In an interview with Mid-Day in January this year, Kangana had spoken about a scene in which her character whipped herself in guilt which resulted in many members of the film’s unit applauding her. “When the shot was done, everyone applauded. That has to happen at least once on set! I need to know I am good at what I do. I’d also run to Vishal sir (Bhardwaj, director) for reassurance,” she said.
Kangana, meanwhile, has just wrapped up Simran. The film’s first poster will be released mid-May. She will also begin shooting for Manikarnika in June. “My director, Krish, is in Jhansi for a recce. And the film I will direct is in the last leg of scripting,” she said.