‘I didn’t do anything to get a reaction like this,’ says Alia Bhatt on Kangana Ranaut’s ‘grow a spine’ comment

Mumbai: Kangana Ranaut recently spoke about how the industry and seevral stars have alienated her, naming Aamir Khan and Alia Bhatt in an interview. The Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi actress complained that the two stars were unresponsive to her repeated calls and requests of promoting Manikarnika.

Kangana said while she had turned up for the screenings of Dangal, Secret Superstar and Raazi, both Alia and Aamir failed to respond during the release of her film. She further said that she has always been “absolutely ignored” in the industry.

While Alia had apologised to Kangana, the Queen actress spoke about the Raazi actress to Pinkvilla, “I reached out to Alia (Bhatt) and asked her what makes her think Manikarnika is my personal controversy, it’s a film whole nation is talking about and wondering why Bollywood is keeping quiet on such a relevant work……I asked her if I can be courteous and gracious to acknowledge her requests for encouraging relevant work that she does, why is she so scared to see my film.”

“I suggested that she grows some spine and supports an important film about woman empowerment and nationalism… if she doesn’t have a voice of her own and her existence is all about being KJo’s (Karan Johar) puppet then I don’t consider her successful… I told her if she is only focusing on earning bucks and not raise a voice, then her success has no value,” said Kangana.

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However, Alia told DNA, “I would like to react to her personally if she has any complaints. I don’t want to talk about it to the media. As I have said before, I really admire her as an actor and the choices that she makes. She’s a very outspoken person and I admire her for that as well. If I have upset her unintentionally, then I don’t know. Basically, it wasn’t my intention. I didn’t do anything to get a reaction like this.”

In a video which went viral Kangana can be seen addressing a conference sand questioning why people in Bollywood were ganging up on her for speaking up on nepotism.

She can also be heard saying, “Main inko chhota mota call out karti rehti thi chahe woh sexism ho, nepotism ho, pay parity hopar ab to main inke peechhe pad jaungi. Main inki waat laga dungi, ek ek ko expose kar dungi. And one thing is for sure, they have called for trouble by ganging up on me.”