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In her initial days, she was often ridiculed for her accent, poor English, and a ruler like thin body. But nothing could stop her from success because she believed in her dreams, worked hard to get her craft right, and never gave up. That’s the story of Kangana Ranaut – one of the most interesting and amazing actors of Indian Cinema. Interesting because of her selection of movies and amazing because in her movies she always steals the show.

Career-wise her graph is more like Vidya Balan. Why? Because both these girls came to Bollywood alone, without any godfather, and survived without the sponsorship of any lead actor. They are the heroes of their movies and always reward us with unconventional roles.

Kangana Ranaut didn’t become a star overnight. In her 3rd year as an actress, she received a National Film Award. But the ride was not so smooth. There was a time when it felt that she was trying desperately to fit into the template roles of a Bollywood heroine. If you see her Box office record, it has never been a steady one – one hit, a few flops, and then again one hit after a long time. At least that was happening to her before 2014.

She was ready to leave for New York for a film direction course but then the script of Queen came and as we all know that changed her image in Bollywood. It also helped many other actresses and directors to create different roles for women.

That big success with Queen followed by Tanu Weds Manu Returns gave her much-needed confidence. We saw a big change in her interviews (who can forget the KWK season 5 episode?) also. She is loved among masses and classes for her beautiful on-screen presence. You see her as Rani, Datto, Simran, Bobby, or Jhansi ki Rani and not as Kangana Ranaut – and that’s her success.

Kangana Ranaut’s craft is the most outstanding one among all the present actors. On her birthday, let’s rejoice her best performances.

Gangster (2006)
Gangster
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It was a dream debut that fetched her a Filmfare award. The last time Bollywood saw such a stunning debut, I think it was Hrithik Roshan in 2000.

You can watch it on YouTube.

Woh Lamhe (2006)
Woh Lamhe
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As Sana Azim, she was playing Parveen Babi. A schizophrenic patient, abandoned and tortured by her lover, finding solace in an upcoming director – she was fierce, bold, and vulnerable. It was a pleasure watching her in this role.

You can watch it on Amazon Prime.

Fashion (2008)
Fashion
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Shonali Gujral – a drug addict top model becomes prey to her vices. She ruins all her name and fame and then one day a wardrobe malfunction happens that leaves her scarred for life. What a painfully poetic performance KR gave.

You can watch it on Netflix.

Queen (2014)
Queen
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The story of a middle-class “Shaadi ke liye pagal” girl finding her worth miles away from her roots was an eye-opener to Bollywood. It is undoubtedly the bravest movie made in recent times. And it fetched her another National Award.

You can watch it on SonyLiv, Netflix, and Voot.

Tanu Weds Manu Returns (2015)
Tanu Weds Manu Returns
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The initial one was a fun ride but this sequel got bigger, crazier, and better. Datto won our hearts and we want another part of this series – isn’t it?

You can watch it on Amazon Prime & ZEE5.

Manikarnika (2019)
Manikarnika
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The story of the Queen of Jhansi and her valor, patriotism, and courage was wonderfully presented by KR. As Anupama Chopra said, “only Kangana Ranaut can pull off a pearl necklace while in a battlefield”. No one else could pull off this role except her.

You can watch it on Amazon Prime.

Judgemental Hai Kya (2019)
Judgemental Hai Kya
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Kangana was astounding as someone with acute psychosis. From where does she derives this amazing power to be so flawless?

You can watch it on ZEE5

Special mentions- Revolver Rani, Once upon a time in Mumbai, Kites (the only good thing about that movie), Simran, & Panga.

In Hindi, it is known as “babune ka phal”. You know it as Chamomile and it has a big reputation in the world of healing. This soothing and gorgeous flower belongs to Asia, Australia, Europe, and North America. It blooms during the summer months. These flowers are dried and used as tea which has magical properties. Not only the taste is refreshing, but this tea also has many other benefits.

Read below and know the health benefits of chamomile tea:

#TaqatKeLiye- Immunity Booster

Chamomile tea is a wonderful immunity booster. So, once your immunity is strong, you have fewer chances to fall ill. And even if you fall sick, you can recover faster than others. To curb illness and to help your body fight against harmful bacteria – consumption of chamomile tea is a must.

#SardiKaNuska- Remedy for Cold

A cup of chamomile tea daily is what you need if you tend to catch a cold easily. Also during winters, when you are shivering from cold or fever, you can either have cups of chamomile tea or inhale the steam coming from chamomile tea. It will not only treat your fever but will also relieve your sore throat, nasal congestion, or runny nose.

#PetKaPain- Cures Stomachache

When your stomach is aching, it means your digestive system is upset. Relieve that with a warm cup of chamomile tea. As per the research conducted by the National Center for Biotechnology Information, chamomile tea is a great digestive relaxant and cures gastrointestinal problems like anorexia, diarrhea, flatulence, indigestion, and even vomiting.

#ChayenSeSonaHai- Induces Sleep

People who suffer from sleeplessness, insomnia, or other sleep-related problems must try this chamomile tea. It helps in relaxing the nerves, soothing the nervous system, and thus helps in sleeping better. So, don’t forget to sip this magical cup of caffeine-free tea and enjoy your sleep time.

#DardSeRahat- Removes Period Pain

Chamomile tea is a natural pain killer. So, when you are going through your painful menstruation, you can sip this tea. It will relax your uterus and decrease the production of prostaglandins – hormone-like substances that cause inflammation and pain.

#AlvidaStress- Say bye to Stress

Chamomile tea acts as an effective natural sedative and thus your nerves relax. So, whenever you are anxious or stressed, prepare yourself a cup of chamomile tea.

#BedaagChehra- Fights Acne

This wonderful tea will help your skin not to burst out acne. And the previous marks or scars of acne will also be erased with regular consumption of this tea. Also, you can make face masks with this tea and apply topically which will help you glow more.

#DoneWithDandruff- Cures Dandruff Problem

Who likes to roam around with dandruff? Dandruff also makes your scalp itchy. Drinking chamomile tea regularly and also using it while rinsing your hair will give you a dandruff-free life.

Ayurveda is the science of life. It is believed to be the oldest medical science of the world whose motive is to bring good health and happiness in the lives of people. In this science, there is a remedy for everything. As per Ayurveda, summer is the season of pitta and that is one of the three main doshas. You can think of pitta as a type of energy that transforms in the same way that fore transform materials by heating them. In the summer season, already the outside temperature soars high and so inside our body.

Therefore, special care must be taken. So, before the scorching summer heat finally hits our lives, read some of the Ayurvedic tips so that you stay healthy all through the summer season.

Staying hydrated
Staying hydrated
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This is the most important tip to sustain the summer season. Drink lots of water, juices, and smoothies. But avoid chilled water or ice-cold smoothies or juices as that will hamper the nutritive values. Infuse the summer special fruits like grapes, melons, lemon, cucumber or pears in your water or make a smoothie out of them. Have them before stepping out of your house.

Say no to caffeine
Say no to caffeine
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Staying away from tea or coffee – the warm beverages will help you a lot in this season. Also, say no to sugary sodas or alcohols to stay calm and fit during summers. Instead, sip green tea or any other herbal tea that will enhance antioxidants in your body.

Summer fresh veggies & fruits
Summer fresh veggies & fruits
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Do you know that summer is the easiest season to lose kilos? Include all the summer special vegetables and fruits in your diet and see how energized you feel. For your lunch, you can pack a vegetable salad and have some fruits as your mid-day or evening snack. Stay away from meats, fried food, and greasy foods.

Stay away from piping spicy food
Stay away from piping spicy food
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As said earlier summer is the time of pitta when the temperature outside and inside the body is high. So, this is the time to avoid spicy, peppery, and oily food as they will lead to loose motions, upset stomach, and a painful digestive system.

Make friendship with curd 
Make friendship with curd 
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After your lunch and dinner have a bowl of curd or make raita out of it and enjoy with your home-cooked meal that is less in oil, spice, and sugar. Curd or yogurt will help in easy digestion.

No late night
No late night
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Stop your late-night phone conversations, watching TV, or scrolling the phone. Switch off the devices, play soothing music and sleep in time for a refreshing morning. The more you stay awake, chances are more to fall ill.

Coconut oil
Coconut oil
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Do you know that coconut oil has a cooling effect on the skin? It is a great and easy way to bring pitta towards balance. So, make a practice of rubbing coconut oil on your skin before your shower. A gentle massage with coconut oil will give you’re a shiny, youthful, and moisturized skin and also your body temperature will remain cool.

All these aforementioned points are not at all difficult to carry. So, try these easy ways to stay cool, calm, healthy, and fit in summer.

The girl with a husky voice, short height, and not so sexy body – she was reminded of that many times. And with that, she was also told that she can hardly make any mark in Bollywood as she doesn’t belong to that so-called “mainstream” template of Bollywood heroines. But that didn’t break her because she had immense talent which was noted by able directors.

With time she proved that she is one of the best actresses of Indian Cinema. With 7 Filmfares in her kitty, she is always ready to entice with her power-packed performances. Till today, when there is Rani Mukerji release, there is a queue outside the theaters. She also broke the general notion of Bollywood actresses getting married and losing their charm on audiences.

The stories and performances matter the most and she has proved that every time. On her birthday, let’s remember some of her best performances on screen.

Saathiya (2002)
Saathiya
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As Dr. Suhani Sharma, she gave one of her career-best performances. The young girl who fell in love at a wedding, developed love over many train journeys, got married secretly, left parent’s home, and then went through various tests that couples go through. Her character was so beautifully written and enacted. She became one of us easily.

Hum Tum (2004)
Hum Tum
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We saw so many changes in one character. Rhea Prakash first met us as a bright, free-spirited, young student. She remained in our hearts forever with her tragic and eventful journey. We got to see her quirky phase, dreamy bride phase, shy and silent phase, head over heels in love phase, and lovelorn phase.

Veer-Zaara (2004)
Veer-Zaara
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She didn’t get to play the central character but without her, there would have been no Veer-Zaara. Her screen time was limited not her acting. A strong and confident woman who wants to become the 1st female lawyer of Pakistan is not ready to adjust with the truth. Rani was sheer brilliance on screen.

Black (2005)
Black
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As Michelle McNally, she taught us that you don’t need eyes to dream. Her simple dream was to call her mom one day and say that she passed. Being blind and mute was her obstacle in that road. But with perseverance, she achieved her goal. It is a tear-jerking performance of Rani.

Bunty Aur Babli (2005)
Bunty Aur Babli
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Babli, who wanted to become Miss India, with the turn of events becomes a con artist. She brought out exuberance, quirk, and seriousness – all on-screen and effortlessly. That’s why aren’t we eagerly waiting for Bunty aur Babli 2?

No One Killed Jessica (2011)
No One Killed Jessica
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This is another power-packed performance of Rani Mukerji that was based on a real-life incident. As a journalist, she portrayed her character with the right amount of fearlessness, spirit, and zest.

Aiyyaa (2012)
Aiyyaa
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I don’t know how many of you would agree to the mention of this movie but it is a personal favourite. Meenakshi Deshpande is just one of us. She is a middle-class girl who wants a job so that she can buy a room where she can sit quietly, listen to music, and read. Also, she wants to fall in love first to get married. She was hilarious in her portrayal and that’s why I believe this is one of her best. Which leading lady of Bollywood would dare to be so weird?

Talaash (2012)
Talaash
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Roshni Shekhawat terribly misses her dead child. Her desperateness leads her to believe in Plan Chet. There was a strange wait and loneliness in her eyes that made us cry for her.

Bombay Talkies (2013)
Bombay Talkies
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Gayatri is one of Rani’s most glamorous roles I believe. She is a fierce entertainment journalist who knows her business well. She can handle everything but cannot digest the fact that her husband has been keeping his sexual preference away from her. That scene where she tries to rub off her makeup, mascara, and lipstick in front of the mirror because her husband touched her is something only she can pull off. Also, the last scene where she gets dressed again, brushes her hair, and looks into herself in the mirror with hope, acceptance, and courage is stupendous.

Mardaani (2014)
Mardaani
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With Mardaani she proved that she can never be off the game. In an industry where only male-centric heroism is worshipped, it takes guts, first of all, to make a heroic movie with a female character. And then you have Rani Mukerji to do the rest. Not only critical acclaim, this movie was a Box Office Hit as well.

Apart from these above 10 movies, here are some more.

Special Mention- Hichki, Yuva, Paheli, Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna, and Kuch Kuch Hota Hai.

Our body is a machine and like every machine, it also needs to rest after rigorous work. The whole day you are busy planning, working, negotiating, and a whole lot of other tasks that require both physical and mental energy. Thus, a good night’s sleep is essential to feel energized all through the day. Without a night of sound sleep, you won’t be productive at studies or work and may feel anxious or stressed.

Some of you go to bed and within 10 minutes you fall asleep. While some of you go to bed at around 11 p.m. but cannot fall asleep until its 1 or 2. The reasons can be many for your sleeplessness or lack of a sound sleep- tension at work, Netflix series, or chit chat with a long-distance lover, etc. But you can treat that easily with some relaxing drinks.

Read below and have these drinks before your bedtime to enjoy a great sleep.

Chamomile Tea
Chamomile Tea
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A cup of chamomile tea right before your bedtime is considered to be great for a good night’s sleep. Just order a box of chamomile tea bags and have it daily. Chamomile is believed to be a mild tranquilizer or sleep inducer. The calming effects of chamomile tea are due to the presence of apigenin that binds to specific receptors in your brains which in turn decreases anxiety and initiates sleep.

Banana Peel & Cinnamon Tea
Banana Peel & Cinnamon Tea
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There are various reasons behind your sleeplessness and they can be anxiety, depression, low immunity, high blood pressure, skin irritation, inflammatory conditions, or obesity. Banana tea is very helpful in curing all these aforementioned problems and thus with a practice of drinking this wonder tea you will overcome your problem of sleeplessness and wake up refreshed. Just take one banana peel, 2 cups of water, and 1/4th cinnamon powder and bring them to boil. Enjoy your bedtime tea.

Warm Milk with Turmeric
Warm Milk with Turmeric
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Having a glass of warm milk with a spoon of turmeric powder is our age-old nuska for not only a good quality sleep but also to cure many other diseases. It reduces anxiety, protects against heart diseases, helps in the reduction of inflammation and joint pain, improves brain function & memory, lowers blood sugar levels, and contains antifungal, antibacterial, and antiviral properties. Also, regular consumption of this golden milk will give you stronger bones and a good digestive system.

Peppermint Tea
Peppermint Tea
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You have to drink a caffeine-free peppermint tea for a good night’s sleep. It helps in relaxing your muscles and provides you a great sleep. This tea will also boost your immune system, aid in weight loss, fight bad breath, cure your upset stomach, and make you stress-free.

Saffron Milk
Saffron Milk
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A glass of warm milk with a few strands of saffron or Kesar will give you a sound sleep. Your glass of milk never tasted this delicious – you will say that once you start having this milk. You can have this drink during the winter season and it will guard you against cold. Also, when you are menstruating this milk will relieve your cramps. The antioxidant crocin, picrocrocin, and safranal will induce sleep. Also, remember that saffron contains manganese that is known for its mild sedative properties.

So, instead of complaining about your sleeplessness, start having any of these drinks before your bedtime. Slowly and gradually, you will see a change.

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