It doesn’t take a lot for Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif to make headlines. The actors first began denying rumours of a link-up when they were working together on Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani (2009).
Soon after, the buzz faded away. But news of the two being spotted roaming the streets of New York (see box) has got the rumour mills working overtime all over again. More so, because this comes after a report claimed that Ranbir and Katrina had apparently been signed for Zoya Akhtar’s next film.
According to speculators, the untitled project revolves around Ranbir and Kareena Kapoor’s familial bond and also stars Hrithik Roshan and Katrina in major roles.
However, on being contacted, the media-shy Ranbir clears the air on all the speculations. Flatly denying the news of being cast opposite Katrina in Zoya’s next, he says, “It is completely false news that I am doing the film.” He adds, “Zoya’s film hasn’t been finalised yet. She’s not even formally offered me the film. We meet as friends and she keeps saying that she’s writing something. I guess I can only talk about it once she finalises everything.”
Meanwhile, Ranbir has his hands full with Abhinav Singh Kashyap’s Besharam, which he is currently shooting for. It will be followed by Anurag Kashyap’s Bombay Velvet and another film that will be directed by Imtiaz Ali.
As of now, Ranbir is excited about sharing the stage with his mother, Neetu Singh, at the Colors Screen Awards that will be held in the city this week. They will perform to the classic numbers, ‘Parda hai parda’ and ‘Ek main aur ek tu’ to mark the Indian film industry’s centenary. “She (Neetu) is nervous. We haven’t started rehearsing for the event yet,” says Ranbir.
Reacting to reports of being spotted with his alleged girlfriend Katrina Kaif in New York, celebrating New Year’s Eve, Ranbir says, “There is so much speculation about what happens in an actor’s life, and it’s so unfair. How much can one clarify and how much can one deny? It just becomes a cycle. I am here to do good work and talk about films. I’d rather just stick to that.”