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Ranveer Singh nude photo row: Vidya Balan comes out in support, asks ‘what’s the problem?’

The Gully Boy actor, who is facing police complaints over his recent nude photoshoot, is yet to speak about the controversy
Vidya Balan and Ranveer Singh.
Vidya Balan and Ranveer Singh.

PTI & Entertainment Web Desk   |   Mumbai/Calcutta   |   Published 29.07.22, 11:23 AM

Vidya Balan has come out in support of Ranveer Singh, who found himself at the centre of a controversy with his recent bare-bodied photographs for a magazine, saying that those who get offended by the photos should not look at them. 

The Kahaani actress said she couldn’t understand why an FIR was lodged against Ranveer. 

“What’s the problem? First time a man has done this. Let us also have some fun. (Kya problem hai? Pehli baar koi aadmi kar raha hai. Hum logo ko bhi aankhen sekh lene dijiye na),” Vidya told reporters on the sidelines of an event in Mumbai.

Ranveer is facing an FIR in Mumbai following a complaint from an NGO alleging that he had “hurt the sentiments of women in general and insulted their modesty through his photographs”.

“Maybe they (people who filed FIR) don’t have much work to do, hence they are wasting their time on these things. If you don’t like it, then close the paper or throw it, do what you wish to. Why get into an FIR?,” Vidya said.

In the past few days, Alia Bhatt, Arjun Kapoor, Swara Bhasker, Ram Gopal Varma and Pooja Bedi came out in Ranveer’s support. 

Ranveer, however, is yet to make any statement on the matter. At his first media interaction, too, following the photoshoot controversy, the Gully Boy actor stayed away from commenting on it. 

On being asked about on-screen competition with wife Deepika Padukone, with whom he has worked in Bajirao Mastani, Padmavat and RamLeela, Ranveer said he does not believe in one-upmanship.

“I don’t subscribe to one upmanship, upstaging. I have had, unfortunately or fortunately, co-actor experiences where they have tried one-upmanship and tried to upstage and hogging limelight in the frame as they say. I don’t subscribe to that. I think it is very defeating,” he said.

“Filmmaking is teamwork and scene work is a collaboration between actors. It’s like jugalbandi, it is like give and take. On the flip side, I have also experienced the good side... (With) the actors who are so secure, so giving and my wife is certainly one of them,” Ranveer added.

On Thursday, a complaint was filed against Ranveer before a local court in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur by a social activist over his recent photoshoot.

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