A question put to Alia Bhatt in an exclusive interview with NDTV was answered very eloquently by her husband and co-star Ranbir Kapoor. When asked about the sexist coverage surrounding her pregnancy announcement, Alia didn’t have a ready-made answer, but Ranbir’s words just flowed. “One thing is clear and I am not saying this because she is my wife. Alia in the history of Indian cinema is probably one of the most important actors that has ever been. The work she has done on screen or the kind of way What she carries herself on, the value system she has and what she stands for, I haven’t seen that power in men or women and I think we just have to respect that,” the actor told NDTV.
Alia has worked through her pregnancy and filmed her Hollywood debut Heart of stonepacking up Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani, and promoting Brahmastra with Ranbir and director Ayan Mukerji. Her behavior is exemplary and haters are just jealous, Ranbir said. “I think the way she’s behaved throughout the marketing of this movie because she’s pregnant, in the condition she’s in – I think you just have to be inspired by that. Any kind of criticism is just jealousy and mischief and stupidity and we shouldn’t take that seriously,” Ranbir Kapoor told NDTV honestly.
For context, Alia Bhatt issued a new report shortly after her announcement in June that she and Ranbir had a baby on the way. The report claimed Ranbir would fly to London, where Alia was filming Heart of stone with Gal Gadot, “to bring his wife home.” The report also claimed that the actress would then rest. In an Instagram story, Alia wrote: “Meanwhile, in some people’s minds we still live in a patriarchal world… FYI. Nothing has been delayed. No one has to pick up anyone. I’m a woman, not a package. “No need to rest at all, but good to know you have a doctor’s note too. In 2022. Can we please get out of this archaic way of thinking.”
Brahmastra part one: Shiva, the first film in a trilogy directed by Ayan Mukerji, released on September 9 to mixed reviews but blockbuster numbers. A superhero fantasy based on Indian mythology, the film co-stars Amitabh Bachchan and Mouni Roy and features cameos from Shah Rukh Khan and Nagarjuna.