Mumbai: Shortly after raking up fresh controversy with her comment on India’s freedom, Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut, dubbed the queen of controversies, said that she was ready to return her Padma Shri award if proven wrong.
During an interview, Kangana Ranaut had said that the freedom achieved by India in 1947 was ‘bheekh’ (alms) and that India got real freedom in 2014.
She was criticized widely for her comment.
Defending herself, Kangana Ranaut wrote on Instagram Stories that she was aware of the first collective fight for freedom in 1857.
The actor took to Instagram Stories to share some excerpts from a book “just to set the records straight”. She wrote, “1857 I know but which war took place in 1947 I am not aware, if someone can bring to my awareness I will give back my Padma Shri and apologise also… please help me with this.”
She made a reference to her work in the film ‘Manikarnika’ based on Rani Laxmibai’s life and fight.
“I have worked in a feature film of a martyr Rani Laxmi Bai… extensively researched on the first fight of freedom 1857… nationalism rose so did right wing … but why it died a sudden death? and why Gandhi let Bhagat Singh die … why Neta Bose was killed and never got Gandhi ji’s support? why line of partition was drawn by a white man… ?instead of celebrating freedom why Indians killed each other some of the answers I am seeking please help me find answers,” she wrote.
Kangana Ranaut said she is ready to face consequences. “As far as Aazadi in 2014 concerned I specifically said physical Aazadi we may have but consciousness and conscience of India was set free in 2014… a dead civilisation came alive and fluttered its wing and now roaring and soaring high … today for the first time … people can’t shame us for not speaking English or coming from small towns or using made in India products… everything is articulate and clear in the same interview…”
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