By Priyanka Sharma
In an industry known for its rivalries between leading actresses, Kangana Ranaut has found "thick" friends in Vidya Balan and Priyanka Chopra and the "Queen" star says they have expressed concern as her legal war with Hrithik Roshan continues.
Kangana, 29, and her "Krrish 3" co-star Hrithik, 42, have been at loggerheads since early this year with both the stars slapping legal notices at each other. While he says they never had a relationship, Kangana maintains otherwise.
Actresses like like Vidya, Sonam Kapoor and Kalki Koechlin have praised Kangana for taking a stand for herself in the legal battle.
"All my girls are just amazing. We are so thick. We don't discuss our personal lives, like nobody ever questioned me, 'What happened?', but all I get is calls, lots of love and concern. Everybody has called me and asked me, whether it's Priyanka, Vidya or Sonam. A lot of men have responded too...," Kangana told PTI in an interview.
The "Tanu Weds Manu Returns" star says she is happy that people in the industry have also reached out to both her and the other side as that is a testament to the strong bond the actors share with their colleagues.
"I think it's about the personal equation someone has with you. You don't see things objectively. You do get emotional if bonding is there and that's the most important thing. In this situation, be it me or the other side, we haven't been crucified.
"I feel that tomorrow if I see two people in such a situation, I would want to reach out, not to find out but just to see that the two people are okay. I am honoured to be in this place, where people are much more human than I could think."
While many have lauded Kangana's fearless response to whole fued, she has also been criticised by some people.
Kangana says she is happy with the appreciation but does not consider herself special.
"I am an actor, I am here to do my job. Right now, I don't know how these tags like that of a fashion designer or a feminist fit into my scheme of things.
"But it is nice that these virtues have been bestowed upon me, that people think I have high morality standards and believe my creative energies are such that I can be an actor, director or a superhuman but I don't know if I am that special as people think about me."
Kangana feels she has not realised her true potential as an actress and she would want to concentrate on her work more now.
"Right now, I think I am doing fairly good. I am concentrating on my work. In fact, at times I feel I am not living up to the best of my abilities but I will manage. And one day I would love to be all this that people call me."
She recently won the National Award for "Tanu Weds Manu Returns", but her name was also reportedly recommended for a Padma Shri, which she did not get.
The actress, however, is more than happy to have been left out as she thinks there's a long way to go before earning an honour like Padma Shri.
"I don't feel bad about it. I am too young for a Padma Shri. To be honest, I wouldn't want it right now. It's a big deal, and also if you misbehave they take it back. Something or the other keeps happening in my life...," she said with a laugh.
"So, I think I've a long way to go before I get a Padma Shri... Padma Shri is more than just work, it's about being an ideal example to the rest of the country which I don't think I am."