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Bollywood Star Kangana Ranaut Enters Political Arena Announces Candidacy for 2024 Elections

The Indian film industry’s acclaimed actress, Kangana Ranaut, has taken a significant leap into the field of politics. Ready to face the electoral battle, she is set to contest the 2024 Lok Sabha Elections as a candidate from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for Mandi, Himachal Pradesh. With the spotlight now on her political aspirations, Ranaut, who recently filed her nomination, has disclosed assets totaling a colossal Rs 91 crore in her election affidavit.

Kangana Ranaut, born in 1987, is a powerhouse of talent known for her bold and female-centric roles in the Bollywood film industry. Beginning her acting career with the acclaimed film ‘Gangster’ in 2006, Ranaut has since contributed to Indian cinema through numerous roles in approximately 39 films. Her acting journey boasts titles like ‘Woh Lamhe’, ‘Shakalaka Boom Boom’, ‘Life in a Metro’, and the recent ‘Emergency’. Moreover, fans eagerly await her performance in an upcoming untitled film.

Although she has carved out her career independently, Ranaut hails from a lineage steeped in business, education, and politics. Her parents—Asha, a school teacher, and Amardeep, a businessman—have supported her strides in the film industry. Her family also includes an elder sister, Rangoli Chandel, and a younger brother, Akshat. With politics in her blood, her great-grandfather Sarju Singh Ranaut served as a Member of the Legislative Assembly, and her grandfather held an esteemed position as an IAS officer.

Reflecting on Ranaut’s cinematic accomplishments, films like ‘Queen’, ‘Tanu Weds Manu’, and the sequel ‘Tanu Weds Manu Returns’ stand out as some of her finest work. These performances have not only endeared her to audiences but also underscored her versatility and depth as an actress.

Stepping up her game, Kangana Ranaut now ventures into the political domain. It was in March 2024 when the BJP declared her as their candidate for the formidable Mandi Lok Sabha constituency in the upcoming general election. Amidst the rush of her political campaign, Ranaut’s affidavit revealed her comprehensive financial standing. Her assets comprise Rs 28.7 crore in movable properties and Rs 62.9 crore in immovable assets. Moreover, she possesses 6.7 kg of gold, worth approximately Rs 5 crore, and 60 kg of silver valued at Rs 50 lakh. Her considerable wealth also includes 14-carat diamond jewelry appraised at Rs 3 crore.

With current liquid assets of Rs 2 lakh in cash and approximately Rs 1.35 crore in bank balances, Ranaut also boasts an impressive portfolio of properties. This includes four commercial units in Chandigarh, a commercial property in Mumbai, and a stunning commercial building in Manali. Additionally, she owns three apartments in Mumbai, collectively worth Rs 16 crore, and a picturesque bungalow in Manali, valued at Rs 15 crore.

Living a life marked by opulence, Kangana Ranaut’s garage houses a BMW, priced at Rs 98 lakh, a Mercedes Benz at Rs 58 lakh, and a magnificent Mercedes Maybach, ringing in at Rs 3.91 crore, along with a Vespa scooter for those quaint ride moments. Despite her luxurious lifestyle, she also carries debts amounting to Rs 17 crore.

The financial year 2022-23 brought about a reduction in her income to Rs 4 crore, down from Rs 12.3 crore in the preceding year. Among her financial instruments, Kangana Ranaut counts 50 Life Insurance Corporation policies in her name. Her affidavit also discloses the presence of 8 criminal cases against her, and she states her highest educational qualification is 12th grade, completed at a private school in Chandigarh.

On the work front, audiences are anticipating her return to the silver screen, where she promises to captivate in ‘Emergency’, portraying Indira Gandhi. In addition to this, she will reunite with her ‘Tanu Weds Manu’ co-star R Madhavan in an untitled physiological thriller that promises to be an intriguing watch. Kangana’s foray into politics is likely to add a new dimension to her illustrious career, with the nation keenly observing her transition from celluloid to the political stage.