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Is Kangana Ranaut The New Aamir Khan?

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The outspoken actress is breaking down the showbiz status quo with her inconvenient truths. How right is she, and how much does our scrutiny of Kangana reveal about our own double standards?

How do you solve a problem like Kangana Ranaut? The narrative is bothersome, to say the least, which is why I suggest a quick recap of the prickliest parts. Her timing - as she parades facts about alleged ex-lovers Hrithik Roshan and Aditya Pancholi just before the release of her new film - feels distastefully opportunistic. By her own account, she has had affairs with married men and has gone on to complain about those men to their wives and fathers. Her helpless, put-upon story doesn't quite add up, and several details appear askew.

She is considered a 'difficult' actress on set, as well as a demanding negotiator with an unrealistic sense of self-worth. She has angered numerous collaborators, and rumours about her sound both malicious and believable. She has offered no defence about hijacking Ketan Mehta's Rani Lakshmibai project, putting together a film on the same subject - with another director, at another studio - after agreeing to do the film for Mehta. She has gotten into an ugly spat regarding writing credits on her latest film, Simran. All of 31, she has audaciously declared that she will direct or co-direct all her upcoming films.

She has even made nepotism a bad word simply by repeating it a lot, ironically while........