The ac­tor says it’s un­fair that peo­ple are harsh to An­drew

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - FRONT PAGE - Sneha Ma­hade­van

Most Bol­ly­wood stars avoid talk­ing about their per­sonal lives and are quite guarded when asked about their re­la­tion­ship sta­tus. But ac­tor Ileana D’cruz, who is dat­ing Aus­tralian pho­tog­ra­pher An­drew Knee­bone, wears her heart on her sleeve and of­ten posts cou­ple pic­tures on so­cial me­dia.

How­ever, the ac­tor re­veals that she was asked to keep her re­la­tion­ship a se­cret, but she didn’t pay heed. “Ini­tially, I was told to not speak about my re­la­tion­ship. And while I don’t have an is­sue talk­ing about it, it’s un­fair that peo­ple are be­ing un­nec­es­sar­ily harsh to him (An­drew). It is un­fair to sub­ject him to harsh com­ments just be­cause I am a celebrity. He is en­ti­tled to his pri­vacy and re­spect and he de­serves both in equal mea­sure. He is a great per­son, and it did af­fect me when peo­ple left harsh com­ments on my so­cial me­dia posts. But I give it back to nasty trolls,” says the ac­tor, talk­ing about mean com­ments that peo­ple post on the cou­ple’s pic­tures.

While there were ru­mours that she re­cently mar­ried her beau, Ileana says that com­mit­ment is what mat­ters most to her. “I think, more than any­thing else, it all boils down to how com­mit­ted you are. You could be dat­ing, in a live-in re­la­tion­ship or mar­ried – the com­mit­ment level has to be the same. I have also grown up in the last four to five years,” she says.

Pro­fes­sion­ally, too, Ileana is do­ing well. Af­ter Rus­tom (2016) she has two re­leases this year. Though she did Rus­tom af­ter a hia­tus of two years, the ac­tor says she didn’t re­ally fear los­ing out on projects dur­ing her time off. “I have re­fused a lot of big films in the past be­cause I didn’t have much to do. Af­ter 11 years of work­ing in films, I take great pride in be­ing choosy. It pains me to do crap work, so I will not sign just about any­thing. So far, all my de­ci­sions have worked out for me. Also, I don’t think I need to be in your face all 365 days a year for peo­ple to re­mem­ber me. My work should speak for me,” says the ac­tor, who stars in Baad­shaho with Ajay Devgn and Em­raan Hashmi.

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