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Ayan Mukerji on Ranbir-Alia: “I didn’t want anyone to see them until my film had not come out”

Director Ayan Mukerji has recently admitted that he didn’t want Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt to be seen as a couple before the release of ‘Brahmastra’, despite the pair making many appearances together over the years.

‘Brahmastra’ which has faced several delays, finally got a confirmed release date which was announced at the motion poster launch a few days ago in Hyderabad, where Mukerji was asked whether he thought Kapoor and Bhatt’s relationship would be considered a distraction for the film.

As cited on Pinkvilla, Mukerji shared that he didn’t want their relationship status to overshadow the film before its release, “To be honest, when we started our film, I thought this is the best casting- Ranbir and Alia, powerhouses. It was just too good. Then Ranbir and Alia became very good friends, then very very very good friends in life, then more than friends. So then, I didn’t want the whole world to see them for these 4 years. I didn’t want anyone to see them till my film had not come out. So, Lots of things haven’t happened in their lives because every time they went out together, I would be sitting at the back saying ‘you all are ruining my film. Please don’t go anywhere.’ It feels good now that we can share them.”

Karan Johar who was asked what he thought about Mukerji’s statement said that four years is too long to keep matters of the heart a secret, “Ayan is very protective about this pair. But, I think he is has lost leverage. Had he come out with this film a few years ago then keeping them under wraps would have been a good idea. Unfortunately, you can’t curb love that long. At its heart, it’s a love story.”

The star-studded film which also features Amitabh Bachchan, Dimple Kapadia and Mouni Roy is now slated to release on 9th September 2022.