Vivek Agnihotri responded strongly to a suggestion asking if he wanted to bring together actors Alia Bhatt and Kangana Ranaut in a project he could work on. Speaking to Siddharth Kannan, the filmmaker asked himself how could anyone think of bringing them together, adding that he would die if he thought like that. (Also read: Vivek Agnihotri speaks out on lukewarm response to vaccine war)
Vivek on casting Alia-Kangana together
Vivek first recalled the praises he had given to Kangana and Alia and then asked if he could bring them together in a film. Vivek then told Siddharth Kannan, “Main agar aise sochne lagunga toh mai mar hi jaaunga, kaun sochta hai iss tarah se.” Yeah, I think bhi kaise ho sakti hai kisi ki (I will die if I start thinking like that. Who thinks like that? and how can anyone think like that). Alia Bhatt received the National Award, she is an Indian actress who was honored by the Indian government. I also received a national award at that time, so I congratulated Alia. When Kangana received the national award, I also congratulated her.
Vivek praises Alia and Kangana
Vivek then told the interviewer that Alia met him very warmly at their recent award ceremony, adding that he liked the way she met him. He also said that even Kangana meets him very warmly every time. “Mai do logon ko film mai ek saath kara dun, mera kya lena dena hai unki zindagi se? Mera koi aisa shauk nahi (I bring them both together in one film, what do I have to do with their life? I don’t have such a hobby)”, he added. He also said that he has no emotional attachment with anyone.
When Vivek said only Kangana and asked about Bollywood
During his interaction with filmmaker Sudhir Mishra (which was shared online), Vivek had asked Sudhir why he stopped asking questions. Reminding the Afwaah director that he used to ask questions earlier, Vivek had said, “Who has questioned Bollywood in the last 4-5 years? except for me and Kangana Ranaut?” And, when Sudhir said his whole life was a question, Vivek added, “No, you used to ask questions, you used to ask questions publicly but you have stopped now . For what ?”
The vaccine war
Directed by Vivek, The Vaccine War was released this weekend and raked in just over ₹3 crore in three days since the release. The film is about the struggles and victories of Indian scientists who managed to develop a coronavirus vaccine in a matter of months. It features Anupam Kher as a government official while Raima Sen plays a journalist in the film. The Vaccine War also features Sapthami Gowda and Pallavi Joshi as scientists working on the vaccine.