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.

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

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

For the last of these, she won the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress.

She is credited in the media as one of the best-dressed celebrities in the country, and is known to be outspoken

In 2020, Ranaut launched her own production company named Manikarnika Films under which she works as director and producer