Kangana Ranut does it yet again!
The Bollywood actress has yet again targeted Alia Bhatt in her interaction with the media. Kangana launched another mean, snarky comment at the Gullyboy actress, calling her performance in the film mediocre.
Apparently, entertainment portal, Bollywood Life ran a poll recently, asking fans to vote for the best performance by a female actress in 2019. Kangana won the pool fair and square with 37% votes for her performance in Manikarnika, while Alia Bhatt stood second with 33% votes for her performance in Gullyboy.
When the publication contacted Kangana for her reaction on beating Alia, she stated, “I am embarrassed...What is there to beat in Gully Boy performance ....same snappy muh phat girl... Bollywood’s idea of a fiery girl, woman empowerment and good acting, spare me this embarrassment, please. Media have taken filmy kids love too far. Stop pampering mediocre work or else bar will never be raised.”
Oouch! Let look at some facts now, shall we!
Not only was the film Gullyboy screened in Berlin Film Festival, but Alia Bhatt received a lot of praises from audiences and film critics alike. The film also ranked in highly positive ranking from international publications as well. Whereas, Kangana Ranaut’s Manikarnika got half-hearted reviews. Though, her performance in the film was praised by the critics, her filmmaking technique was criticized.
In 2017, Kangana appeared on Karan Johar’s chat show Koffee With Karan, where the actress sparked the infamous debate by calling the famous filmmaker Karan Johar a ‘flagbearer of nepotism’, which prompted several discussions within the industry.
Earlier, the actress had blasted at Alia Bhatt for disregarding her film screening. “She gets no response from anyone”, she said. The actress further added, "These girls send me their trailers like Alia (Bhatt) sent me the trailer of Raazi and said, 'Please watch it'. For me, it was not a Karan Johar film or Alia film, for me, it was a film on Sehmat Khan, the girl who has given her everything to the country.”
Kangana also called out Alia Bhatt and Ranbir Kapoor for being apolitical and called them irresponsible for not voicing their opinions on national issues. To which, the Gullyboy actress responded by saying, “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”.
According to a report in Pinkvilla, Kangana rang up Alia after the comments and told her to ‘grow a spine’. “I reached out to Alia 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.”
Kangana further added, “I suggested that she grows some spine and support 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 (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.... hope she understands the true meaning of success and her responsibilities, Napo gang life is simply restricted to give and take favours hope she rises above that,”
On the work front, Alia Bhatt is now promoting her upcoming film with Varun Dhawan, Kalank. The movie is directed by Abhishek Varman and it also stars Madhuri Dixit, Sanjay Dutt, Aditya Roy Kapur and Sonakshi Sinha. The film is slated to release on April 17.
Kangana Ranaut is currently shooting for Ashwini Iyer Tiwari’s Panga. The actress also has Mental Hai Kya with Rajkummar Rao in the pipeline.