Actress Kangana Ranaut wants to make a film on Bilkis Bano. However, she is not receiving support from major OTT platforms. Here is why.
Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut has disclosed her long-standing desire to make a film on Bilkis Bano, who was raped and her family killed during the 2002 Gujarat riots. Kangana, who is also a producer and filmmaker, shared on social media that she had been researching and working on it for three years.
Kangana Ranaut wants to make a film on Bilkis Bano
Despite her eagerness to bring Bilkis Bano's story to the screen, the National Award-winning actress Kangana Ranaut revealed that she has faced challenges in making the film due to lack of support from the major studios or OTT platforms.
The actress said this in response to an X user’s tweet which read, “Dear Kangana ma'am, your passion for women empowerment is so encouraging! Would you be interested in telling the story of Bilkis Bano with a powerful movie? Will you... Will you do it for Bilkis Bano, feminism or at least humanity?”
Replying to the X user on the microblogging site on Tuesday, Kangana said, “I want to make that story I have the script ready, researched and worked on it for three years but @netflix, @amazonIN, and other studios wrote back to me that they have clear guidelines they don’t do so-called politically motivated films, @JioCinema said we don’t work with Kangana because she supports BJP and Zee is going through a merger, what are my options?”
Well, it remains to be seen whether Kangana Ranaut would actually get to make the movie with the support of any OTT platform or major studio. But it has to be acknowledged that when a star of Kangana’s stature expresses her desire to make such a film, it draws far more attention to the issue.
This is also not the first time that Kangana Ranaut has voiced her opinions on social media, especially those concerning gender violations and women empowerment. Recently, she had called out the latest trend of films where 'women are violently and disgracefully stripped of their dignity', terming this as ‘beyond appalling’. While stating that she had to fight for pay parity and female-led films, Kangana said she had to go against big production houses and said no to big heroes.