Ranbir Kapoor on romance with Alia Bhatt: It’s beautiful, sacred and really important
Ranbir Kapoor opened up about his relationship with Alia Bhatt a few months ago and speculation has not stopped since then. News outlets as well as social media went into overdrive with conjecture and stories but Ranbir doesn’t want to make a spectacle of it. “It’s something beautiful, sacred and really important,” says the actor, as he opens up about Alia, being considered a Casanova, and whether wedding is on his mind.
Your relationship with Alia is a hot topic right now. You must be aware of that?
Honestly, I am not playing hide-and-seek. I am in a happy, positive and beautiful phase of my life. But you can talk about your personal life only to a degree. Otherwise, it becomes the forerunner of your life and your work takes a back seat. There is always excitement to know about someone’s personal life. But you want to give the relationship respect so that people don’t malign it in a gossipy way. It is something beautiful, sacred and really important to you, so you want to deal with it in a nice manner.
At this point in your life and career, do you feel more settled in this new relationship?
I have said this before: it’s very new right now, so it would be really presumptuous to say anything about it or judge it. Workwise, as I work with her in Brahmastra, I know that as a talent, she is at a superlative level. The kind of dedication and love she has for her work is very inspiring. Work comes first for her. After working for 10 years, I may have felt a little jaded or tired, but when you look at her commitment, it rejuvenates you and makes you want to do better.
How do you see your working partnership with her?
I really hope that I have the opportunity in Brahmastra to make a great cinematic couple with Alia and do good work with her, because here is an actor who can add so much to you [as an artist]. So, I am very excited and looking forward to our creative collaboration, and we have the opportunity in Ayan’s (Mukerji; director) film.
There’s the perception that Ranbir is a casanova. What do you think about that?
You rightly called it a ‘perception’. I’m not affected by it as long as it doesn’t interfere with my work. I want people to like me not just as an actor, but as a person, too. Sometimes, things are reported correctly and sometimes they’re not. I am not on social media and I don’t believe in clarifications and in portraying myself in a certain way. Yes, I have made a lot of mistakes and have also done some good. But sometimes, mistakes are highlighted and not your goodness, but that’s fine because it’s part and parcel of show business.
Do you think you have matured a lot vis-à-vis such issues?
I am older now and wiser, too. I realise the value of human relationships, and I am not just talking about a partner, parents, friends or directors, but whoever is in your orbit [at that particular point]. I also realise the value of heartbreak as well as the hurt. I am not saying that I have reached a point where I know everything. It’s a constant struggle and you have to keep evolving as a person to be better, and that’s what I want to be. I want to be a good person, I’d like to do good work, get married, have children and die happy.
Is life good for you right now?
Life is beautiful. Although there are lot of conflicts, bad omens and not-so-good things happening around us, you should never forget that life is beautiful. Everyone should believe that, because there is so much you can do with your life, and there is so much to be grateful for. Talking about myself, not many get to do what they love. But I am fortunate to be in the space that I am in and have the opportunities that I am getting. Be it my family, partner, or friends, I am grateful for all of them. I truly hope that everybody — somewhere in their life — finds their peace of mind, true relationships, and lets go of the negativity around them.
It’s rumoured that a marriage with Alia is on the cards…
It’s [such rumours] all a part of show business. You make up a story, and soon, there’s another story of the first story, and so on. I have always believed that marriage is something that will happen naturally. It can’t be like, ‘Okay, I am 35 now, so it’s time to get married’. It should come to you and your partner naturally and you should both feel, ‘This is the right phase. Now, we should take this relationship to the next level’. But abhi aisi koi baat nai hai. I haven’t decided on marriage yet.
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