Kangana turns director

Kangana Ranaut has opted for the unconventional yetagain. However, this time it isn't for a role. The actress has crossed over to'the other side' of the camera and has turned director. And no, she hasn't retired from her acting career just yet.
Sources reveal that the actress' directorial debut is a shortfilm, written in collaboration with an Australian writer. The as-yet-untitledshort (in post-production) has been shot in LosAngeleswith an all-American cast and crew and deals with a complex subjectinvolving a dog and a four-year-old boy.
Kangana said that the decision to direct was well thought outand came to light "after meetingHollywood biggies during one of my recent trips to Los Angeles. And things justfell into place."
Kangana wanted to be well prepared and held plenty ofworkshops and also delved a bit into child psychology to help connect with thecharacter of the kid in the film. She reveals, "It took six months ofthorough groundwork. I was advised not to work with kids and animals, but myscript demanded it. Kaden (the boy) is very little. We had to place hiddencameras, play games, and pretend to be aliens and trees in order to get him inthe frame (laughs)! But it was fun, he is adorable. The dog was well-trainedand not difficult to work with".
The actress further added, "We intend to send the filmfor international festivals, but as of now, I am concentrating on finishing theediting and visual effects. That's the only thing on my mind before I leave for Paris for my next acting schedule." When asked, what she loved more —acting or directing — she replies, "This is like asking me to choosebetween apples and oranges... I love them both in a unique way.... But workingwith an international cast and crew was an amazing experience."
Kangana expressed gratitude to her director friends back homewho gave her much-needed support and constantly stayed in touch, encouragingher even as she went about making the short at the beginning of this month.
Currently working on six films with prestigious banners andhaving tight schedules and back-to-back shifts, Kangana concluded, "Well,this has been an experience that I will always cherish."


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