Kangana Ranaut said that she is happy to have carved an unconventional career path in Bollywood as she completed 10 years in the industry on April 28.
Kangana's debut film Gangster released in 2006, where she played a troubled woman in love with a gangster.
The 29-year-old National Award-winning actress said that she enjoys being an "underdog" in the film industry.
"I am extremely proud of my rags to riches story. It's fun to be a misfit or an underdog if you acknowledge your gifts and befriend your obstacles," Kangana told PTI.
The actress' early filmography include films like Woh Lamhe, Life in a... Metro and Fashion, which also earned the actress her first National Award.
In between, she appeared in a string of Bollywood duds such as Shakalaka Boom Boom, Raaz: The Mystery Continues, Vaada Raha, which almost pushed her into oblivion.
Her career got a new lease of life with the 2011 hit romantic-comedy Tanu Weds Manu. Though she did some forgettable roles in movies likes Game, Rascals and Tezz, her performance as rebellious Tanu in Aanand L Rai's film stayed with the audience.
Three years later came Vikas Bahl's slice-of-life, inspirational drama Queen, which was not only a box-office success but gave Kangana a hold in the industry like never before.
The actress played an innocent bride-to-be, who is left at the altar by her groom, then goes on a self-discovery journey and emerges as a confident, independent woman.
Kangana's sincere and mature performance won the hearts of critics and audience, and also got the actress her second National Award besides making her the highest paid actress in Bollywood.
Her double role in Mr Rai's 2015 rom-com Tanu Weds Manu Returns made the impact of her acting prowess stronger, getting her a National Award this year.
The star now has films like Vishal Bhardwaj's Rangoon, Hansal Mehta's Simran and Rani Lakshmibai biopic by filmmaker Ketan Mehtain the pipeline.
She has enjoyed audience's love for her fearless, bold nature in real life. It has also landed her in controversies, the latest being her legal battle with Hrithik Roshan where both the stars have slapped legal notices on each other.