Kangana Ranaut in 2015: The Year of the Norm Breaker

By Joyline Rego

Mumbai, January 5 (Washington Bangla Radio / EveryMedia) - 2015 was actress Kangana Ranaut's year. From ruling the box office with the success of Tanu weds Manu Returns to becoming the highest paid actress in Bollywood, Kangana took Bollywood by storm.

Here’s a list of the few standing norms of Bollywood that the actress broke in 2015.

1. Kangana Ranaut entered the 300cr club

A still from Tanu Weds Manu Returns (Hindi, 2015) Film
A still from Tanu Weds Manu Returns

The actress’ last film Tanu weds Manu Returns became the first and only female-centric film till date to cross the 300 cr mark. The film had the highest collections in 2015 after Salman Khan's film Bajrangi Bhaijaan.

Kangana's double role in the film was regarded as the best double role ever in the history of Bollywood by the likes of Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khana and Ranbir Kapoor

2. Kangana Ranaut gave a new definition to women empowerment in Bollywood

Kangana Ranaut at Christmas Party in Mumbai
Kangana Ranaut at a Holiday Party in Mumbai

After delivering a stunning performance in a double role in Tanu Weds Manu Returns, Kangana became the highest paid actress leaving all her contemporaries behind. The actress commanded a staggering fee of 11 cr for one of her upcoming projects.

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3. Kangana Ranaut becomes a global face

Kangana Ranaut and Shabnam Mahmood
Kangana Ranaut and BBC's Shabnam Mahmood in London

One of the highlights of the year 2015 was Kangana Ranaut was invited to speak at the most prestigious "Women in the World" summit at Cadogan Hall in London, UK in October. This was the first time an actress from India was invited to the event. Ranaut was interviewed by the BBC's Shabnam Mahmood for a segment titled "The new face of India". Ranaut was the perfect candidate for the segment, being in the summit's own words, "Once a small-town girl, now a leading Bollywood star, Kangana is a rebel in Hindi cinema known for dismantling industry and societal norms".

4. Kangana Ranaut stuns the world at the Paris Fashion Week

Kangana Ranaut at Paris Fashion Week

Kangana’s presence at the prestigious Paris Fashion Week in 2015 was a memorable one. She was the first Indian actress to be invited for the front row and was dressed exclusively by Dior couture.

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Kangana left the audience in awe with her fashion statements as compared to actresses who have attempted the show in the past, leaving Paris to say "We love you Kangana!"