Bollywood actor Alia Bhatt has responded to Kangana Ranaut’s recent comments alleging that she is a ‘puppet’ of filmmaker Karan Johar and “does not have a spine” to give her own statements. In an interview with an Indian publication, Bhatt said that she has done nothing to “get a reaction like this”.“I would like to react to her personally if she has any complaints. I don’t want to talk about it in the media. As I have said before, I really admire her as an actor and the choices that she makes. She’s a very outspoken person and I admire her for that as well. If I have upset her unintentionally, then I don’t know. Basically, it wasn’t my intention. I didn’t do anything to get a reaction like this.” During a recent media interaction, Kangana claimed that “girls like” Alia ask her to support their work but didn’t praise or support her recent film “Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi”.Kangana told Pinkvilla that she had called Alia to express her feelings. “I reached out to Alia and asked her what makes her think Manikarnika is my personal controversy, it’s a film whole nation is talking about and wondering why Bollywood is keeping quiet on such a relevant work. I asked her if I can be courteous and gracious to acknowledge her requests for encouraging relevant work that she does, why is she so scared to see my film.” “I suggested that she grows some spine and support an important film about woman empowerment and nationalism. If she doesn’t have a voice of her own and her existence is all about being KJo’s (Karan Johar) puppet then I don’t consider her successful. I told her if she is only focusing on earning bucks and not raise a voice, then her success has no value. Hope she understands the true meaning of success and her responsibilities,” Kangana had further said.Published in Daily Times, February 12th 2019.