Kangana Ranaut, known for her bold statements, has praised superstar Akshay Kumar was taking up women-centric movies. The actress was recently seen at a media event for Cauvery Calling campaign where she spoke about various issues, including Mission Mangal and Akshay Kumar.
When asked about the controversy around Akshay's face getting the largest portion in Mission Mangal's poster despite it being a women-centric film, Kangana said that instead of creating a controversy around the film, Akshay should be given credit for taking up such projects.
Kangana said the entire system worked against women-centric films. "The cinema-going audience is largely male and out of that, the 'uneducated' audience still perceives films in a very sensual way. So obviously they still aren't ready to accept women-centric films and a face like Akshay Kumar helps to make the film more acceptable to a larger audience," she said, adding, "Even for my films also I have seen how distributors react and how the system reacts to the women-centric films. So to be fair with the nature of films, women are subtler beings and we can't deny that."
Kangana thanked her male colleagues for believing in women-oriented films. She said, "It was only because of people like Kamal Jain and Mr Goenka that Rani Laxmibai was made. It wasn't because of my stardom. Rangoon had flopped, Simran had flopped. Few males decided to support Manikarnika hence it was made so that responsibility they need to recognize and also to completely denying to play an important part in a women-centric film by male heroes is so bad and it is so wrong. If big stars are giving their faces and lending their star power to such projects it is okay."
Kangana's action thriller Dhakkad is set to clash with Akshay's Prithviraj on Diwali 2020.