Sometimes I really hate media. This is being sold as “Alia-Kangana Feud Heats Up!”, but really it is just Kangana making wild insane (literally) accusations and Alia trying not to deal with it. Exactly like the Hrithik situation, which was sold as “Hrithik-Kangana Break-Up Goes Bad!” instead of “Hrithik Roshan is Victimized by a Stalker”.
Let’s talk about context first. Kangana’s original remarks were in an interview to Pinkvilla. She volunteered them, Pinkvilla asked her general questions about her film release and how she felt, and she went off on a long tangent on being abandoned by the Hindi film community in which she mentioned Alia Bhatt among others (like, Aamir Khan). Alia happens to be promoting her new movie Gully Boy at the moment which means she is giving a bunch of interviews and is available to reporters. Unlike, for instance, Aamir Khan who was also mentioned.
During a press interaction, she was put on the spot and asked about what Kangana said, and replied that she feels bad if Kangana feels bad and would like to work this out in private. Basically, “I am not going to respond to this in a public forum, don’t ask me any questions”. Which is standard procedure with these kinds of feuds, during the long long Salman-Shahrukh feud, they were lockstep in their press interactions, it was a personal matter, it would be solved personally, they were not going to talk about it. And they never did, we still don’t really know why they fell out or why they made up. They weren’t denying there was a break, just saying it is none of our business what it was about. Perfectly fair so far as I am concerned, and a wise way to handle it, the fans don’t feel lied to, but also don’t need to get all up in the stars’ business.
Kangana, in response to Alia’s reasonable remarks, reached out to Pinkvilla again and gave a long rant about what she claimed to have said to Alia in a personal phone call. Taking their personal business and waving it around like nasty dirty laundry in public. It is wrong on so many levels. It’s modeling terrible behavior to the world, you should never make personal issues public like this. And it is attacking someone who never attacked you, Kangana is forcing this issue and forcing it out into the public while Alia was just trying to run away from it. Most of all, it is attacking someone who CAN’T run away. Alia is promoting her movie, doing her job like a professional, which means she has to have press conferences and interviews. It’s like going to someone’s office and ranting at them, they can’t run away and you are clearly the one attacking, not them, because you are bringing the fight to them.
Alia tried to avoid the question as long as she could, but finally in an interview with DNA she absolutely had to say something. This is not “Alia hitting back”, this is “Alia being trapped and forced into responding to a situation that Kangana created”:
I would like to react to her personally if she has any complaints. I don’t want to talk about it in the media. As I have said before, I really admire her as an actor and the choices that she makes. She’s a very outspoken person and I admire her for that as well. If I have upset her unintentionally, then I don’t know. Basically, it wasn’t my intention. I didn’t do anything to get a reaction like this.https://www.dnaindia.com/bollywood/report-exclusive-alia-bhatt-on-kangana-ranaut-s-grow-a-spine-comment-i-didn-t-do-anything-to-get-a-reaction-like-this-2718100
Of course, I know what will happen, because it is the same thing that happened with Kangana and Hrithik. The two quotes will be taken out of context and presented as equal. Just like Kangana’s volunteered quotes to Pinkvilla were presented as equal to quotes from Hrithik’s private legal letter to her (which she also provided to Pinkvilla).
And at the same time, the Kangana politicians continues to bludgeon us with the lesson that she is the one true “feminist” in India. Maybe because only a crazy woman would play the “feminist” for the BJP so they have to take what they can get?
Oh, and you realize Kangana has now neatly flipped the script from “She stole a movie away from her honest director and co-stars and there are legitimate reasons for her fellow professionals to avoid working with her” to “Kangana versus Alia, hardworking outsider versus spoiled princess”?