Actor Ranaut Kangana announced on Saturday that filming on the period drama has wrapped Emergency, her first solo directorial film, in which she plays former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi during the tumultuous 1970s. Kangana made her directorial debut with the historical drama Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi, replacing the original director. Krish Jagarlamudi.
Taking to Instagram, Kangana shared some photos of BTS from the sets of Emergency and wrote, “As I wrap up Emergency as an actor today…. a tremendously glorious phase of my life comes to its full culmination… It may seem that I navigated it comfortably, but the truth is far from it…»
Kangana revealed that she had to mortgage all her properties to make the film and has an “alarmingly low blood cell count” after being diagnosed with dengue fever while filming the film’s opening schedule. She wrote: “From mortgaging all my property, everything I owned, to being diagnosed with dengue fever during early hours and having to film it despite alarmingly low blood cell counts, my character as an individual has been severely tested…. I’ve been very open about my feelings on SM (social media) but I didn’t share all of this, honestly because I didn’t want people who cared to worry unnecessarily and those who desperately want to see me down and were doing everything they could to make me suffer. I did not want to give them the pleasure of my pain…. At the same time I want to share with all of you that if you think that working hard for your dreams or what you want is enough, think again because that is not true…”
“You must work hard, that is what you are given, even if you are worthy, you will be tested beyond your limits and you must not break yourself… Hold on to yourself until you can… you are lucky if life spares you, but you’re blessed if it doesn’t. ……if you break and break into pieces… celebrate… Because it’s time for you to be reborn…” added Kangana.
Calling Emergency a “renaissance”, he concluded the note by writing: “Thank you to my tremendously talented team for making this happen for me…PS: to all those who care about me, please know that I am now in a safe place.. .i shared all this if it wasn’t so.. please don’t worry i just need your blessings and love ❤️”.
Reacting to Kangana’s post, her co-star Anupam Kher wrote, “Dear Kangana! His note here touched my heart in a very inspiring way. My grandfather once wrote me in a letter on difficult days before going to the cinema: ‘The wet man is not afraid of the rain!’ You are unstoppable. Your brutal honesty towards yourself is your greatest strength! Keep going! Love and prayers always! 😍👍.”
Kangana plays Indira Gandhi in Emergency. The historical drama also stars Shreyas Talpade, Vishak Nair, Mahima Chaudhry and Milind Soman, and is scheduled to premiere later this year.