Kangana Ranaut ; born 23 March 1987) is an Indian actress and filmmaker who works in Hindi films

Known for her versatility and portrayal of strong women in female-centric films, she has been described in the media as one of India's highest-paid actresses.

The recipient of several awards, including four National Film Awards and five Filmfare Awards, she has featured six times in Forbes India's Celebrity 100 list

In 2020, the Government of India honoured her with the Padma Shri, the country's fourth highest civilian award.

Born in Bhambla, a small town in Himachal Pradesh, Ranaut initially aspired to become a doctor at the insistence of her parent

Determined to build her own career, she relocated to Delhi at the age of sixteen and took up modelling for a brief period of time

After being trained under theatre director Arvind Gaur, Ranaut made her feature film debut in the 2006 thriller Gangster,

She received praise for portraying emotionally intense characters in the dramas Woh Lamhe (2006), Life in a... Metro (2007) and Fashion (2008)

Ranaut appeared in the commercially successful films Raaz: The Mystery Continues (2009) and Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai (2010)

A comic role in Tanu Weds Manu (2011) was well-received, though this was followed by a series of brief,