Kangana Ranaut recently attended the Rising India Summit where she discussed her career, shared her thoughts on being a nationalist, disclosed that she considers Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi her role model and most importantly, hinted that the Bollywood ban on Pakistani artists is fair.
“As a youth, I want to see growth in my life. I have come to this conclusion that if India does not grow then I won’t grow. I am an Indian and born an Indian. I have no other identity,” Indian media quoted Kangana as saying.
“I said in some interview that I am a nationalist. People said ‘oh you are that type of a person’. I was like ‘what do you mean by that kind?’ I personally feel that there is a confusion between these words, she said, adding, “Before all of this, I hadn’t even heard of the term nationalism. The good thing is that at least the word has got out. That there is a word like nationalism. You can have a choice whether you want to believe in it or not.”
Talking about Modi Kangana said, “I am a big Modi fan because of his success story. As a young woman, I do believe that we need to have right role models. I mean the graph and the ambition of an ordinary man and whenever we have a PM who is a chaiwala, then I always say that it is not his victory but it is the victory of our democracy. I feel he is the right role model.”
She also spoke regarding the controversy surrounding Pakistani artists working in India.
“At the time of ban on Pakistani artists, the country is vulnerable where people are struggling and trying to cope with emotions. The common sentiment is ‘Humko kya Lena dena, hum toh artist hai’. This is not going to work. Above everything, you are Indians as well, and when you are talking about boundaries, you can’t go into esoteric world and say ‘I am an artist’,” Kangana said.