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Actor Ran­bir Kapoor has clar­i­fied a com­ment he made on Ae Dil Hai Mushkil co-star Aish­warya Rai Bachchan dur­ing an in­ter­view and said he re­spects her. While talk­ing about the in­ti­mate scenes be­tween him and Aish­warya in the film, Ran­bir ap­par­ently said in a ra­dio in­ter­view that he felt shy, so much so that his hands used to shiver and he was hes­i­tant to even touch her cheeks. He then added that Aish­warya asked him to do it prop­erly, re­mind­ing him that they were act­ing at the end of the day. “Tabhi maine socha, kabhi aisa mauka mi­lega nahi, so maine bhi mauke pe chauka maar diya!” Ran­bir said. Now, in a state­ment, the actor has said that his com­ments “in a ra­dio in­ter­view were taken in a bad taste,” though he has not men­tioned the par­tic­u­lar state­ment. The state­ment says he is hurt about how a can­did con­ver­sa­tion has been blown out of con­text and sen­sa­tion­alised into head­lines and sto­ries. “Aish­warya is such a su­perb actor and also a fam­ily friend. She’s one of In­dia’s most tal­ented and re­spected women. I will be for­ever grate­ful

to her for her con­tri­bu­tion to Ae Dil Hai Mushkil. I could not have dis­re­spected her like that!” the 34-year-old actor said. On the other hand, Anushka Sharma is in all praise of Ran­bir Kapoor for his act­ing skills. The actor, who has teamed up for the sec­ond time with Ran­bir af­ter Bom­bay Vel­vet, says, “Ran­bir is a very good actor. He has given us some amaz­ing films. I ad­mire him for the choices he has made at the be­gin­ning of his ca­reer. He did films like Rocket Singh: Sales­man of the Year, Ra­jneeti, Barfi. It’s re­fresh­ing to see a young actor making such kind of choices. “Some­times you will have films that will not work and that has hap­pened to ev­ery­one. He just went through a phase in which his films did not do well and it’s fine. He is an actor, he is a per­former. Ran­bir is here to stay be­cause of the actor that he is,” she said.

Ran­bir Kapoor and Aish­warya Rai Bachchan

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