Bollywood Queen Kangana Ranaut is quite busy between the promotions of Simran and the preparation for ‘Manikarnika: The Rani of Jhansi’. As we all know she is one of the finest actresses in Bollywood, Kangana” is now venturing into direction and has announced her directorial debut. The movie, Teju, will be directed by Kangana and it will see her play an 80-year-old woman’s character.
Talking about her debut directional movie Kangna reveals, “Teju is a woman perched on the threshold of death but not yet ready to leave the world. She is a warm, vibrant woman, full of life, who doesn’t feel old at all.” The movie goes on floors in December and is targeted for a release in December 2018. Not only Kangana is directing the movie, but she is also scripting it. The movie will touch on concerns like mortality, what lies beyond and the essence of existence. But it won’t be dark, depressing or boring.
Powerhouse actress added more, “These are questions that all of us ask ourselves and each other from time to time. We will explore them in a light-hearted manner in my film dappled with the sunshine of Teju’s personality. By the time I was a toddler, my great-grandmother was in her eighties. I grew up around old people and it pains me to see senior citizens largely ignored in any community, society or country.”
When she asked about her experience, she excitedly said “Teju will be about every old person I know and have loved. It will also be a lot about me as I am older than my years. Today, unless I step out of my comfort zone, challenge myself as an actress, where is the need for me to leave my home, my family and my dog? I can live in comfort by simply cutting ribbons,” reasons Kangana.
Kangana belongs to Himachal and talking about her hometown, the beautiful actress said “Teju will showcase Himachali life and culture which have largely gone unexplored in our mainstream cinema as filmmakers only use my part of the country as a beautiful setting for their songs. My film will be a visual treat but it will also give you a glimpse into my life before Bollywood, into the real Kangana whom few have known in all these years.”
The movie will be produced under her newly-launched banner Manikarnika Films along with her ‘Tanu Weds Manu’ producer/friend Shailesh Singh. It will be shot in Himachal Pradesh, with the backdrop of mountains.