Kangana had hard time before success

MUMBAI: Bollywood is no bed of roses, especially for Kangana Ranaut, a small town girl walking the tight rope of showbiz, balancing controversies, heartbreaks and a fledgling career in films.

The 22-year-old actress says that it has not been an easy ride but insists that she has learnt her lessons.

And to share those lessons, Kangana has decided to support a new show Pratigya to be aired on Star Plus from December 7 which details the life of a small town girl grappling with situations of eve teasing and disrespect but coming out as a reformer in the end.

"In metros girls are very independent, conscious and aware. But in the interiors of our country where education is not given importance, they continue to be oppressed. But it is important for every woman to acknowledge what she wants from herself rather than going for what people expect from her," Kangana told PTI in an interview.

"I have faced a lot of eve teasing myself. I remember I could not step out my home after 6 pm in fear of getting hounded by hooligans. But now I think we should stand up to such situations and fight back," she added.

The actress, who reportedly had an affair with actor Aditya Pancholi and complained of being physically abused by him, says she has had her share of "tortures" but has come out as a winner.

"Nobody was my support. You have to support yourself and I think that is the beauty of being a woman. You can handle anything and be ten times better than men," she said.