She 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 Tale-Danda (Rakt-Kalyan).In this classic play she was playing Lalitamba's character. On the show day one male actor fell ill. It was a crusial time for Arvind's team but Kangana came out and prepared Damodar Bhatt's role within one hour.Damodar Bhatt 's role is very challenging but that day Kangana 's performance in both Male & female characters was outstanding.
Kangana moved to Mumbai to try her luck in movies and received the offer for Mahesh Bhatt's 2006 film Gangster. During September 2005, Bollywood 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's hit film Life In A... Metro as a confused girl who is looking for a real love and in Shakalaka Boom Boom (2007) as an aspiring singer. Kangana's sensitive portrayal in the former as a confused girl who is looking for a real love , earned her rave reviews. Kangana made her Tamil debut with the film, Dhaam Dhoom, directed by the late director, Jeeva.
|2006||Gangster||Simran||Hindi|| Debut Hindi Film|
Double-Winner, Filmfare Best Female Debut Award
FairOne Filmfare Face of the Year
|Woh Lamhe||Sana Azim||Hindi|
|2007||Shakalaka Boom Boom||Ruhi||Hindi|
|Life in a... Metro||Neha||Hindi|
|2008||Dhaam Dhoom||Shenba||Tamil||Debut Tamil Film|
|Happy New Year||Hindi||Filming|