I will apologise to her on a personal level: Alia Bhatt on not supporting Kangana Ranaut’s ‘Manikarnika’

Alia Bhatt said on Thursday that she will apologise to Kangana Ranaut personally if she was upset with her. Her response comes just days after the Manikarnika actor lashed out at her for not responding to her gestures.

Alia Bhatt’s response

Alia told PTI, “I hope she doesn’t dislike me and I don’t think she dislikes me. I don’t think I have done anything intentionally to upset her. If I have, I will apologise to her on a personal level.”

The actress also said that she has always admired Kangana. “But I have always said that I have admired her a lot as an actor and as a person. She is very outspoken and it takes courage to be that way. I wasn’t aware of this problem or anything, I was busy with the shooting. So yes, what can I say, I don’t want to upset anybody,” Alia added.

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What exactly did Kangana Ranaut say?

In an interview to Pinkvilla, Kangana spoke about how people in the industry, including Aamir Khan and Alia, did not support her during the release of 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.

Kangana said that she has always been “absolutely ignored” in the industry, siting how nobody attended her invitations for Tanu Weds Manu Returns although she supported several actors during their trials.

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She says that when Alia shared the trailer of Raazi with her she went to watch the film of ‘Sehmat Khan’ without thinking of it as a Karan film or an Alia film. “I even cancelled my shoots to make sure that I attend them, but now I’ve stopped. How do these people become so petty?” says Kangana.

In a video shared by NDTV on YouTube, Kangana can be seen chiding Bollywood personalities (without naming any here) for not supporting Manikarnika her directorial venture on Rani Laxmibai.

She urges people to understand that the film is on Rani Laxmibai, and the film has been made for the upcoming generations. She says, “It’s not about me, it is about the Queen of Jhansi who fought for the freedom of our nation.”

Main inki waat laga dungi’

She questions why people in Bollywood were ganging up on her for speaking up on nepotism. Then she can also be heard saying, “Main inko chhota mota call out karti rehti thi chahe woh sexism ho, nepotism ho, pay parity ho, par 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.”

Earlier, she said that people who had been claiming that their roles have been cut short from Manikarnika, should work hard and make their place just like she has done herself.