Actress Kangana 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 Kangana'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," said Kangana.
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, Kangana'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.