Alia Bhatt, who recently appeared on the popular talk show Koffee with Karan 8 with Kareena Kapoor Khan, opened up about the backlash that her husband Ranbir Kapoor faced after she revealed that he asked her to wipe off her lipstick because he doesn’t like wearing it. The statement went viral on social media and many netizens called Ranbir a ‘toxic’ and a ‘red flag’ for controlling Alia’s choices.
Alia Bhatt opens about how she’s accused of talking too much about Ranbir
Speaking with Karan Johar, Alia said that Ranbir is opposite of what the internet has projected him to be.
“You have been accused of talking about him a lot,” Karan said, referring to her comments about Ranbir. Alia replied that that’s the reason she doesn’t want to talk about him.
“I’ve been accused of talking too much about Ranbir,” Alia said on Koffee With Karan. “Anything you say about him becomes like an explosion online,” Karan Johar said, and added, “Is it because Ranbir is not on social media?” Kareena Kapoor Khan agreed and so did Alia.
She continued, “I think so. I have a very candid way of speaking and even when I’m talking about something in my life, I like to imitate the person I’m talking about, I like to give anecdotes, I like to make it personal and I feel like a lot of the things just get picked out of context. Which happened recently with a video and stuff like that. My team told me yeh kuch out of hand jaa raha hain (this is getting out of hand) and I said OK theek hai, jaane do because genuinely people say things all the time.”
“But then I realized there are serious articles talking about how he’s a toxic man and this and that and I’m like, are we serious? There are many issues in the world to give more attention toward than something I said in a completely different context. And I feel bad if people misunderstand it because he’s genuinely the opposite of that,” said Alia.
Alia reveals Ranbir told her that audience owns her
“There is a line I feel is being crossed but you can’t say anything about it, people can say what they want about you. In fact, Ranbir says this, ‘Alia the audience owns you, they can say what the hell they want about you. As long as your movies are doing well, please do not complain sitting in your apartment in Bandra.’ I was like, ya that’s right, kuch mat bolo (don’t say anything),” Alia Bhatt added.
Last month, speaking with his fans over a Zoom chat, Ranbir reacted to the controversy. He said, “Listen, I am on your side. Whatever you are fighting against this toxic masculinity, I am on the side of people who are fighting for it. So, if they want to use me as a face, I am fine because their fight is bigger than just me feeling bad about them having an opinion on what I said.”
Following Diwali festivities, Alia Bhatt is back on the sets of Vasan Bala-directed Jigra. This film marks her second co-production after Darlings and this time she is producing with Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions.
Koffee with Karan 8 streams every Thursday midnight on Disney+ Hotstar. The upcoming episodes will feature cousins Kajol, Rani Mukerji, and Ajay Devgn-Rohit Shetty.
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