An old video of Ranbir Kapoor declaring his rumoured girlfriend Alia Bhatt’s acting at par with that of Amitabh Bachchan has gone viral on the internet. In the video, Ranbir is heard telling the audience of an event that she fell in love with Alia when he first saw her acting skills in Highway, directed by Imtiaz Ali.
Ranbir told the audience he had known Alia since she was just 11-year-old and both were expected to be launched in Balika Badhu, directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. “Not many people know that Alia and me were actually going to debut together when Sanjay (Leela Bhansali) Ji was making a film called Balika Badhu,” Ranbir said.
He continued, “We had also done a photoshoot together and since then, I have been a fan of her. Also, when she worked in Highway with Imtiaz (Ali), I loved her work a lot. I remember I watched the film and went to meet a friend. I told him (my friend) that she (Alia) is Amitabh Bachchan, she is doing such good work at such a young age. It was quite amazing. So I have been a fan of Alia Bhatt before she became an actor.”
Alia, who was beginning to blush by then, was asked if she wished to reciprocate her feelings. She said, “Yes, what he’s saying is correct. When I met Ranbir for the first time, I was 11-years-old. He was assisting Sanjay Leela Bhansali and I had to do a photoshoot with him. And I was so shy that I had to keep my head on his shoulder and I could not do it.”
Both Alia and Ranbir have reportedly been dating for a long time now ever since the latter split with Katrina Kaif. Earlier Ranbir was also romantically linked with Deepika Padukone, who later went on to marry Ranveer Singh.
The reference to Amitabh Bachchan assumes significance in light of extraordinary praise that the Bollywood megastar had recently heaped on Ranbir and Alia in one of the episodes of Kaun Banega Crorepati, also known as KBC. Bachchan had told a contestant that the faces of both Alia and Ranbir, now his co-stars in their upcoming film Brahmastra, were God’s gift.