The badass diva of Bollywood, Kangana Ranaut in her recent media interview, opened up about her next directorial venture ‘Aparajita Ayodhya’, where she would try to chronicle six hundred years-old journey of the Ram Mandir. Kangana’s media interaction came on the day of when the founding stone of Ram Mandir was laid in Ayodhya.
For Kangana Ranaut this historic moment will truly go down as one of the memorable incidents in India’s history. To the ‘Queen’ star, “The Ram Mandir isn’t just a temple, but an emotion.”
“For me, Ayodhya is very symbolic and this journey of the last 500-600 years that we have had as a civilization is very exciting for me. I want to not waste the limited time we all have and I’d rather do things that cause a shift in the way we live, we think. From whatever study I’ve done in the old times, our society was sophisticated and one of the greatest in the world. I see that we, as people, had a certain structure in the society that we followed. But with rapid invasions, we have not only lost our wealth, but we have also lost that blueprint which our Indian greats left for us. They had established a moral and ethic code for our civilization,” said the actress.
Kangana further explains that to her Ram isn’t just a god but he is maryada Purushottam, “I personally feel that this is the time for us to delve and go beyond our ‘roti, kapda, makaan’ needs, and see what we lack as a society and how we can revive that. For me, a temple isn’t about pillars, bricks or just a structure. It’s a symbol of something that our civilization considered the highest. Ram is not a God, he’s Purushottam – an elevated man. He’s no more but his qualities continue to live. The temple is a symbol of those qualities. He established Ram Rajya which to a great extent was followed by Mahatma Gandhi and that’s how he got us freedom, so his consciousness prevailed through so many great beings and continued to save us and affect our lives.”
After having proved her directorial skills in her periodic movie, ‘Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi’, the actress is all set to helm her next project ‘Aparajita Ayodhya’ which will be pen down by writer KV Vijayendra Prasad. “This temple has been a struggle of 600 years even when it was invaded by Babur and demolished. After that, 72 battles were fought and even during First Mutiny, the British used the temple (in the 19th century) when it was divided into Hindus and Muslims. Because Hindus and Muslims were fighting for independence and this was an attempt to divide them,” Kangana explained.
In Kangana’s next directorial venture on Ram Mandir, today’s iconic moment will also get a brief on-screen space. “In my film, there are several real Muslim characters who have fought in favour of the Ram temple. So it’s a story of devotion, faith and above all, unity in the country. Ram Rajya is beyond religion and that’s what Aparajita Ayodhya will be about. It’s a very tough screenplay as it travels across 600 years and the Ram Mandir bhumi pujan will very much be a part of my film. Vijayendra sir has put it together in a beautiful way. It could have been a logo launch for us today because it was a perfect day. Nevertheless, we have high hopes that we will be able to go on floors very soon. I can’t wait to narrate the film to my actors.”
Actress-cum-director-cum-producer, Kangana Ranaut is perfectly juggling between her responsibilities. Running her production house by the name of ‘Manikarnika Films’, Kangana is all excited for her next directorial venture, ‘Aparajita Ayodhya’ which will be launched under her banner.