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Fashion on Film

International cinema's sartorial splendor

Queen Tanu on the Throne

I adore Kangana Ranaut. I simply adore her. The stunning beauty stands out in Bollywood, a mythical world with a limitless supply of drop-dead gorgeous starlets. Her look, acting ability, and the fact that she gives two fucks are a major turn-on. From churning out great performances in countless films to turning down big bucks to endorse skin-lightening products, she’s easily my favorite celebrity.

Last night, I ventured over to Times Square (shudder) to check out her latest release, Tanu Weds Manu Returns. The film is one of the biggest Bollywood hits of the year, with Ranaut garnering rave reviews from critics and fans for her superb performances in dual roles. The film was quite enjoyable, and the rest of the packed house seemed to love it as well. The diversity of the audience and the fact that so many people ventured out on a midweek night are a testament to her appeal.


The breadth of Kangana's acting ability is on display in Tanu Weds Manu Returns, as she steals the film with her impressive comedic and dramatic performances. Coming on the heels of her award-winning turn in the equally enjoyable Queen, B-town’s most bankable leading lady has put the world on notice.

Kangana’s meteoric rise to the top of the Bollywood acting world is rivaled only by her status as a fashion icon. In my humble opinion, she’s the most fashionable celeb on the planet. Whether she's killing it on red carpets or hitting the streets of the world’s leading cities, the Queen of Bollywood turns heads with her exceptional sense of style.

Her sartorial choices are as varied as her on-screen roles. Kangana rocks everything from highly stylized couture looks to off-the-rack pieces. A confident risk taker of the highest order, the Tanu Weds Manu Returns' star often shows up to high-profile events sans makeup.

In a world where carbon-copy looks reign supreme, Ms. Ranaut has earned the crown by doing it her way. My only regret is not being able to photograph the Bollywood bombshell during her extended stint in New York. Maybe someday.