It appears like Kangana Ranaut is in no mood to patch things up with her fellow actress Alia Bhatt. In yet another scathing attack on Alia Bhatt, Kangana Ranaut has called Alia Bhatt’s performance in ‘Gully Boy’ as “mediocre”.
Entertainment website BollywoodLife had run a poll recently, asking fans to vote for the best performance by a female actor in 2019 so far. Kangana won the poll with 37% votes for 'Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi' while Alia’s performance in ‘Gully Boy’ came in second at 33% votes.
When the publication contacted Kangana for reaction on beating Alia, she said, “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.”
Alia’s work in ‘Gully Boy’ received accolades from audiences and film critics alike. The Zoya Akhtar directed film was screened at the prestigious Berlin Film Festival. The film raked in highly positive review from international publications as well. Performances of the entire cast including Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt were highly praised. On the other hand, Kangana’s ‘Manikarnika’ got lukewarm reviews. Though the critics lauded Kangana’s performance in the movie, they criticized the predated filmmaking techniques and lack of more strong characters.
Earlier too Kangana Ranaut had lashed out on Alia Bhatt and other stars for asking her to attend the premieres of their films and skipping the screening of her films. She also called out Alia and Ranbir Kapoor for being apolitical and called them irresponsible for not voicing their opinions on politics and social issues.
Alia responded to Kangana’s views in February at a press event. “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,” she had said.
According to a report in Pinkvilla, Kangana had made a phonecall to 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 had said.
“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,” she added.
Kangana will next be seen in ‘Mental Hai Kya’, opposite Rajkummar Rao, and then ‘Panga’, directed by Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari. On the other hand, Alia Bhatt is currently busy promoting her upcoming movie ‘Kalank’. She will also be seen in Ayan Mukerji’s ‘Brahmastra’. Alia will begin work on Karan Johar’s ‘Takht’ later this year and will also be seen in SS Rajamouli’s ‘RRR’ with Ajay Devgn. Jr NTR and Ramcharan.