Will they? Won’t they? Well… the grapevine insists yes, Alia and Ranbir are next in line to get married. Sumita Chakraborty noses around to find out more.
It’s raining weddings in Tinsel Town. And, how! Just when we’ve settled down after the shor sharaba of Sonam Kapoor and Anand Ahuja’s ‘Big Fat Punjabi Wedding’ in June this year, the buzz has already started about the Padmavaat lovebirds – Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh’s soon to happen romantic wedding at Lake Como in Italy. Of course, in between the excitement of Neha and Angad Bedi’s ‘shotgun’ wedding too occupied quite a lot of ream ‘n’ ink. And now, guess what, if the gossipmongers are to be believed Bollywood cutest romantic jodi Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt too, are also planning to walk down the aisle. In fact, according to our source, “The Brahmastra couple is definitely head-over-heels in love with each other. And they do want to take their relationship further.”
Indeed, Ranbir had recently confessed openly about his relationship with Alia, saying, “It’s something beautiful, sacred and really important,” Alia, on the other hand, said it amazingly well with just, “I’m not single.”
No wonder, the telly tattlers of Bollywood went berserk putting their bets on ‘Ra-Lia’ being the next couple to race down the aisle.
At 36, more so being a Punjabi ‘Kapoor’ munda, Ranbir is a bit of late bloomer in terms of marriage. In fact, his father Rishi Kapoor had emotionally stated last year, “It is high time he got married. I settled down when I was 27, Ranbir is 35. So he should think about marriage. He can marry anyone of his choice; we don’t have any objection to it. I want to spend time with my grandchildren before I am gone.” Adding, “I haven’t been vocal about it, but my wife keeps bringing it up with him and he just brushes the question away. Whenever he is ready for it, we will be happy. Our happiness lies in his happiness, after all.”
But perhaps his father’s fervent plea did not fall on deaf ears, for Ranbir Kapoor when asked when he would be tying the knot said, “Hopefully soon enough.” So obviously, the Jagga Jasoos super actor is now ready to make a commitment though he does add that marriage is something that he should naturally feel to commit to and not because he was getting older.
Fair enough, but is Alia at the age of 25 ready to make the same commitment? In fact in the current scenario, with her strong performances and high voltage talent, Alia has emerged as one of the topmost contenders for the Number one position for an actress in Bollywood. Most actresses in her position would think of marriage as hara-kiri but not the devil may care Alia Bhatt. When asked about her marriage plans, the Raazi stunner flashed a ‘butter wont melt’ smile, and stumped the world by saying, “I am not someone who plans out on my life thinking, ‘Well, that’s how it should be done.’ I feel the best things in life should happen when they are least expected. Maybe, people expect me to get married at 30, but I might surprise myself as well and get married before that.”
That ‘tell all’ statement says more or less everything about the thumping state of affairs in Alia’s heart right? Do remember that this is the same gal who confidently announced to the world ‘n’ sundry on the Big Daddy of Bollywood, KJo’s show Koffee with Karan that she wanted to marry Ranbir Kapoor some day. Rather prophetic, we say! …Perhaps someone up there heard this cherubic actress’ magical words, and said, “Amen!”
But whatever maybe the hulchal of the matter, it is a fact that marriage is on the cards definitely. And the best thing about this relationship is that Ranbir Kapoor’s parents supposedly approve whole-heartedly of this match.
If you remember the gorgeous Neetu Kapoor, Ranbir’s mom, has always reportedly had a penchant of disliking her son’s lovers whether it was Deepika or Katrina Kaif, a fact that vexed all his former girl-friends who at some point of time or the other tried pretty hard to please mama Kapoor but to no avail. Alia in the meantime without lifting her pretty little finger seems to have found favour with mom Neetu.
Neetu Kapoor had once said, “A girl either comes to her husband’s house with scissors or a needle. The girl who brings the scissors cuts all ties and breaks the family but the one with the needle mends the ties and keeps them together. And I want exactly that kind of a girl for Ranbir.”
So perhaps the other bevy of B-town beauties in Ranbir’s life did not exactly pass muster through the eye of the needle but Alia obviously has. Neetu has been rather open about her liking for Alia. Right at the onset of Ranbir and Alia’s relationship, it was the warm and loving presence of Neetu at Alia’s birthday in Bulgaria that had got the tongues wagging furiously. Neetu supposedly made a surprise visit to this European destination just to attend Alia’s birthday.
After that, Neetu has been seen constantly bonding with Alia – from gushing over Alia’s pictures on the social media to posting blue hearts and compliments under it. Not only that Ranbir’s sister Ridhima too has reportedly given her seal of approval to her brother’s choice – Alia Bhatt. In fact, Samaira, Ranbir’s cutie pie niece loves Alia and at several ‘Only Kapoor’ events, she was seen holding Alia’s hand tightly and tagging behind the pretty actress.
Papa Rishi Kapoor who never believes in minding his Ps and Qs, openly states that amongst the younger lot in Bollywood, Alia Bhatt is one such truly talented actress and that he admired Alia for taking up challenging roles like Highway and Raazi more so at such a tender age. So what about Alia and Ranbir’s relationship, any comments from papa Kapor? Rishi Kapoor avers, “Jo hai woh hai, sabko pata hai. I don’t need to say anything more. It’s Ranbir’s life. Who he wants to get married to is his prerogative.”
But he further adds, “Neetu likes her, I like her, Ranbir likes her. Get it? I can’t be judgmental. After all, my uncles Shammiji (Shammi Kapoor) and Shashiji (Shashi Kapoor) and I chose our life partners. Ranbir is entitled to choose his.”
So what about Alia’s side of family? Do they also approve as wholeheartedly as Ranbir Kapoor’s khandaan? Soni Razdan, Alia’s mum, however, refuses to give anything out when asked whether Alia and Ranbir are getting married? In fact, all she says is “Don’t go by rumours.” Though Soni does admit that “Ranbir is a lovely boy”, she refuses to comment any further. Of course, she and Ranbir’s mom Neetu seem to have forged quite a strong bond on the social media what with Neetu always praising either Soni’s hairstyle or look. Soni too has jumped on to the mutual admiration society bandwagon and does the same with Neetu’s pictures.
So what about the ever so articulate Mahesh Bhatt, Alia’s papa? Some time ago, Mahesh Bhatt was in fact rather surprised to spot Ranbir at Alia’s house especially during afterhours. He had thought of giving Alia a surprise but he himself got a rather big shock when he landed at Alia’s place at an ungodly time and found Ranbir Kapoor opening the door for him. A motley TV crew who spotted him coming out of Alia’s house looking as if he had got socked on the solar plexus, asked him about it. At that point, Mahesh said rather bewilderedly, “I had come to visit my daughter. But I was surprised seeing Ranbir.”
But that was many moons ago…. Daughter Alia has already got Ranbir out of the closet after that, so what does Mahesh Bhatt think of the relationship now? For a man who had candidly announced to the world that “I am a bastard” many years ago, Mahesh, however prefers to say, “I have never spoken about my children’s private lives. They are adults and it is their prerogative. I would never demean and belittle them by talking about it in public. It’s their right and if they want to talk about it or to remain silent about it; it’s their choice. I respect what they do with their life.”
So what advice does he give Alia? Mahesh reveals, “One thing that we have collectively succeeded in advising her as a family is that: ‘you may have achieved tremendous achievements today but you have only scratched the surface and have miles to go’. I feel that the worst enemy of any person in any business is the delusion when he or she feels that I am God’s gift to mankind. She is good but there is always somebody far more brilliant than her. She should keep her eyes open to see that.”
Hmmm… Half sister Pooja Bhatt too prefers to say ‘no comments’ to any questions pertaining to Alia’s personal life. She says, “You got to ask Alia! You can ask me about my personal life. You cannot ask me about my sister’s personal life because I ain’t telling, darling!”
Fair enough, but what does Pooja have to say about the rumours that Alia and Ranbir are getting married? Pooja says, “I took rumours about me. What was true didn’t bother me. What was not true didn’t bother me. And she is a Bhatt after all, and a much-improved Bhatt in that sense. Dealing with her life and her success and her love and her loss and her failures and whatever makes her up with remarkable poise.”
Furthermore she adds, “I think that this is her time in the sun. We should just let that young girl be and enjoy her life because I think she is doing her job of entertaining India and the world really well. So, what she does or does not do in her personal life is really her problem. How she chooses to lead her life is her problem. My father and I have a different approach to it. She has a different approach to it. So, I think we should just let people be who they are.”
The normally articulate Bhatts definitely don’t say much about Alia’s relationship with Ranbir, do they? But it is a fact that both Alia and Ranbir look extremely happy together. So will the big announcement come soon about when their wedding bells will toll? …No idea but if we go with what the buzz says, it seems marriage is definitely on the cards. In fact, recently, Alia was asked by a fan whether she would give up on acting after marriage. Pat came the reply from the 25-year-old actress: “There’s no need to give up anything but your status. I shall act and as long as I can.”
Was that an affirmative or not we don’t know… all we can say is watch this space for more…