"I shouldn’t be putting her in that position.”
Indian filmmaker Zoya Akhtar has reacted to actress Kangana Ranaut’s constant criticism against her 2019 film, Gully Boy.
The film was a major success at the box office, with audiences and critics alike.
In fact, Gully Boy (2020) won a record of thirteen Filmfare Awards in 2020. These include Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Actor in a Supporting Role just to name a few.
Speaking to India Today TV, Zoya Akhtar was joined by her actor and filmmaker brother Farhan Akhtar and their father, lyricist Javed Akhtar.
Zoya opened up about how she is not bothered by the criticism she receives. She was asked whether she would invite Kangana to her next party. She replied:
“She has gone on every platform and basically said that she doesn’t like my work, so I shouldn’t be putting her in that position.”
In numerous interviews, Kangana has voiced her dislike for Gully Boy (2019). The film revolves around an aspiring Indian rapper and features Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt in lead roles.
The film was also selected as India’s official entry to the 2020 Oscars Award.
Kangana Ranaut has stated that Sushant Singh Rajput’s Chhichhore (2019) was worthier and a far better film.
However, Zoya Akhtar continued to mention that Kangana’s criticism is not relevant. She said:
“Not at all, because I didn’t go to the award ceremonies, for starters, and it’s not important.
“She herself has boycotted the awards, so I don’t know why she keeps talking about them.”
Zoya further added:
“You make a film and everybody is entitled to their opinion and they are entitled to share this opinion because we are still a democracy. I can’t get offended.
“I have chosen to be here and do this work and there will be people who don’t like my work and there are people that like my work and it’s fine.”
Speaking about nepotism in Bollywood, Zoya added to the debate saying:
“If I have money, I am putting money on my son, this is nepotism? Then every industry there is nepotism.”
Zoya’s brother Farhan Akhtar also shared his take on the nepotism debate. He said:
“If you are very talented, your talent will find a way to the surface. That is bound to happen.”
“If I am a barber and I have a barbershop, am I going to leave it to my son or am I going to leave it to the best barber in the city? And that’s the bottom line.”