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Kangana Ranaut accuses Bollywood of ganging up against her; Alia Bhatt extends her an apology

File images of Kangana Ranaut and Alia Bhatt. Photograph:( WION Web Team )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Feb 08, 2019, 02.15 PM (IST)

Kangana Ranaut is currently running high on the success of her latest release 'Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi'. But the actress, who is also the co-director of the film, isn't too happy with the film fraternity. 

The actress on Thursday said people from the Hindi film industry have ganged up against her for calling them out on "nepotism". 

The actor, who was at an event of her film was asked about the lack of support to her during the film's promotions. Read the review of 'Manikarnika' here.

"How will it benefit me? I've already won 3-4 national awards. At the age of 31, I am a filmmaker. Khud ko he promote kar le bohot badi baat hai (it would be a big deal if they can promote themselves).

"Is Rani of Jhansi my aunt? She's as much mine as she's yours. Then why are these people scared? They are worried just because I spoke on nepotism? They have formed a gang: 'Why did she speak on nepotism?"

The actor had sparked a debate on nepotism when she appeared on Karan Johar's chat show two years ago and started a war of words with the filmmaker after she called him the "torchbearer of nepotism" in the industry for launching star kids.

"They have all gathered together, like a classroom where 59 have ganged up against one, trying to bully one. How will you feel if someone did that? Aren't they ashamed? Some of them are my grandfather's age. 

"They are after me. Don't they feel ashamed that it's not about me. I don't even want to work with them and I've said that often," she said. 
The actor said 'Manikarnika' was for the next generation and the film wasn't about Kangana. 

"What Bollywood is doing, the planning and plotting, one thing is for sure, earlier I used to call them out for sexism, nepotism or pay disparity, but now I'll be after them. 'Inki vaat laga dugi'. I'll expose each and every one. They have asked for trouble by ganging up against me," she added. 

Kangana had earlier accused celebrities like Aamir Khan and Alia Bhatt for not supporting her during the release of 'Manikarnika'. The actress had stated that while she turned up for the screening of 'Dangal', 'Secret Superstar' and 'Raazi', Alia and Aamir failed to respond during the release of her film.

Interestingly, when Alia was asked to react on Kangana's accusations recently, the actress said she would apologise. 

"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."

Alia said she has always admired Kangana for being courageous and outspoken. "It takes courage to be that way. I wasn't aware of this problem or anything, I was busy with the shooting. So yes, what can I say, I don't want to upset anybody," Alia said in an interview Thursday.