News|March 19, 2012 11:56 am

Salman Rushdie was extremely charming: Kangana Ranaut

After Salman Khan, it’s controversial author Salman Rushdie who Kangana Ranaut has now befriended. At a recently concluded conclave, Rushdie congratulated her on the debate at the sit-down dinner after the conclave. The noted novelist had specially flown in for the event.

A source close to the actress notes,

Few people know that Kangana suffers from stage fright and it takes her hours to rehearse for speeches. Also those who thought that the actress needs to fine-tune her oratory and English-speaking skills would have been impressed to hear her speak. She also answered questions from a live audience wittily. The topic was: Do stars need to be good actors? Rushdie was overheard discussing some of the points she made at the after-party.

He engaged her in an intense 20-minute discussion with her.

Incidentally, she has read his novel Midnight’s Children, and was offered the female lead in the film based on the book by Deepa Mehta. The source reveals,

They talked about that film too. He also shared with her his hopes that the film version of Midnight’s Children would be allowed in India and discussed the casting.

Kangs says,

Mr. Rushdie was extremely charming and chivalrous. We discussed cinema and his upcoming project among other things.