Madhubala inspires Kangna for Tanu Weds Manu

New Delhi: Actress Kangna Ranaut, who plays a spirited small town girl in `Tanu Weds Manu`, says she was inspired by Madhubala`s persona to develop her character.

The film tells the story of two individuals who are thrown together by destiny and director Aanand L Rai had Madhubala in mind while conceiving Kangna`s character.

"Aanand was very clear about the tone he wanted to adopt for the movie. He told me that he wasn`t pitting me against the heroines of our times but instead had Madhubala in mind. Of course he didn`t mean that in terms of the look or setting, but in the spirit of the film and the character," Kangna told media.

The actress, who was last seen playing a arrogant fashionista in Anees Bazmee`s `No Problem`, is happy to play a character rather than being concerned with the trappings of being a quintessential Bollywood heroine.

"My character in the film is not glamorous. She is audacious but very lovable character. She is from a very cultured Kanpur family, who has studied in Delhi University. But then she also likes to shock people and have a bit of fun."

In one of the scenes, Kangna`s character is shown gulping down a few vodka shots on the day when a prospective groom comes to visit her house and the actress believes that many will identify with her character.

"For quite a few roles that I have done in the past, there is a fair amount of research that I had to do. I had to apply my mind, figure out how that character would behave and in a given situation, how would she react. For Tanu I did not have to do that but I am sure many will identify with her."

The actress says unlike her past roles, she could easily slip into the spirit of a small town girl.

"I come from the North, I have grown up with people who think like Tanu and also dress up like her. So it was not a role that needed too much research," she says.

Also starring R Madhavan, Deepak Dobriyal and Eijaz Khan, `Tanu Weds Manu` releases all over this Friday.