Ranaut was born to Asha, a school teacher and Amardeep, a businessman. She has a older sister, Rangoli and a younger brother. She was born in a village called Bhambla in Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh.
She completed most of her schooling in Shimla. She studied science and wanted to be a star all time.
Ranaut Started her career as theatre actor in Delhi with the Asmita theatre group. She trained under eminent theatre director Arvind Gaur. She participated in his theatre workshop at India Habitat Centre and acted in many plays.
Her first play with Arvind Gaur was Girish Karnad's Taledanda ( Rakt-Kalyan). In this classic play, she was playing Lalitamba's character. On the day of the show, a male actor fell ill. It was a crucial time for Arvind's team but Kangana came out and prepared Damodar Bhatt's role within an hour. Damodar Bhatt 's role is very challenging but that day Kangana 's performance in both Male & female characters was outstanding.
Ranaut moved to Mumbai to try her luck in movies and received the offer for Mahesh Bhatt's 2006 film Gangster. During September 2005, Hindi Film-maker Anurag Basu spotted her having coffee in a cafe in Bombay, and signed her up for this movie.
The film was critically and commercially successful and her performance was especially applauded. This was followed by another acclaimed performance in Woh Lamhe (2006).
Later, Kangana starred in yet another Anurag Basu project, the hit film Life In A... Metro, as a confused girl who is looking for a real love. Her performance in the film earned her rave reviews. She also starred in Shakalaka Boom Boom (2007) as an aspiring singer. Her latest film Fashion has been released and is already a hit. Kangana has received extremely positive reviews for her portrayal of a supermodel who loses everything on drug abuse.
Kangana made her Tamil debut with the film, Dhaam Dhoom, directed by the late director, Jeeva.
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