By: Aditi Shevade
Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari’s directorial next “Panga” stars Kangana Ranaut as a national level retired kabbadi player aiming to make a comeback to the sport in the film. The film also stars Jassie Gill, Richa Chadha, Pankaj Tripathi and Neena Gupta among others. The trailer of the movie was launched at a multiplex on 23rd December, 2019 in the presence of the cast and crew.
While Kangana will be seen playing Kabaddi in the film, the actress was asked to react on the ever growing popularity of cricket in India. Kangana didn’t hold back her punches and opined, “I don’t think cricket has too much glamour. The British have made it more glamorous.”
The National award winning actress emphasised on the importance of Kabaddi as a sport and the need to embrace our cultural roots. “Kabaddi is also mentioned in the Mahabharata. We had lost touch with our cultural heritage and now we have embraced it,” stressed Kangana.
Panga proved to be a challenging task for Kangana as she had to put in a lot of preparation for her role. “I was never into sports while growing up. I was a science student. I have read Harivansh Rai Bachchan while growing up. I had to learn the sport just like other actors, and I had to work a lot to get into a mother’s world”, said the 32 year old actress.
The Queen of Bollywood also spoke her mind on women empowerment. “If you want to feel empowered then you should believe yourself. No movie, no quote can make you feel empowered if you’re not confident enough. All I want to tell the women out there is to look into the mirror and think where do you lack, why don’t you feel empowered. I feel you lose the half battle there itself when you think you don’t deserve this. So, I just feel that you’re as empowered as you think you are.”
Director Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari, on her part said, “After Bareilly ki Barfi, Nil Battey Sannata, this is Panga. My heart which has gone into this film, as a mother, as a director, as a human being and someone who just wants to keep saying stories which can resonate to all of you and I hope you all like it. This is my heart out there.”
Panga is all set to release on January 24, 2020.