Ranbir Kapoor has apologised for a comment he made about his pregnant wife Alia Bhatt’s weight. At a public event for his upcoming film, Kapoor apologised and said that when he told Bhatt about it, she laughed it off but also added that he has a “bad sense of humour”.
On Wednesday, the actor appeared for a public conference for his upcoming film Brahmastrain Chennai alongside filmmaker SS Rajamouli and his Brahmastra co-star Nagarjuna. He and Bhatt star in the movie. While the panel was answering questions from the media, one journalist asked about his comment about Bhatt that irked people online who called it weight-shaming.
The incident occurred when Bhatt had answered a question during a live session about the Brahmastra team not promoting the film as actively as they were initially. Bhatt had responded, “We will promote the film, and we will be everywhere but if the question you are asking is why we are not “phailoed” everywhere, right now our focus is—” her husband then interrupted while looking at her pregnant belly and said, “well I can see somebody has phailoed [spread]”.
The comment was not well-received online, with people calling him sexist and bringing up previous interviews in which he made comments about his female costars. Acknowledging his comment during the recent interview, Kapoor said, “Firstly, let me start with, I love my wife with everything that I have in my life. And what happened on that, I think it’s a joke that didn’t turn out to be funny. I really want to apologise if I have triggered anyone. It was not my intention. So, I want to say sorry to people who got offended or triggered. I spoke to Alia about it and she really laughed it off and she didn’t mind it.”
He then justified it by saying that he has a “bad sense of humour” that sometimes falls flat. “So, I am sorry if I have hurt anyone about it,” Kapoor concluded.
Bhatt and Kapoor got married in April at their home in Mumbai, India. Barely two months after Bhatt took to Instagram and announced that the couple was expecting their first baby with a photo of Kapoor by her side and a sonogram screen as well as a photo of a family of lions.
Their first film together, Brahmastra, is scheduled to hit the silver screen in India on September 9. It also stars Amitabh Bachchan, Nagarjuna and Mouni Roy.