Kangana was born on 20 March 1987 in Bhambla, near Manali, which is in the Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh. Her dad, Amardeep, is a businessman and contractor, and her mom, Asha, is a schoolteacher. She has two sisters, the eldest of whom is Rangoli, and she has a brother, Akshit, who is about a year younger than her. Her grandfather was an IAS Officer. Kangana spent her childhood in Dehradun and studied in DAV’s High School where she participated in many debates, elocutions, and was a basketball player.
After completing her schooling, she attended Science College in Shimla. She was enrolled in the Elite School of Modeling, also tried some theatre acting in Delhi and was a member of the Smita Theater Group under Arvind Gaur. She is also a trained Kathak dancer.
She decided to relocate to Bombay and lived in a flat in Yari Road, Versova. In September 2005, she was spotted drinking coffee in a cafe by filmmaker Anurag Basu, who approached her and eventually signed her up for a lead role in Gangster (2006).
Since then, Kangana Ranaut has won 3 National Awards for her performance in Fashion (2008), Queen (2014) and Tanu Weds Manu Returns (2015).