By: Upala KBR, Mid-Day
Wednesday, May 03, 2006
Aditya Panscholi and Mahesh Bhatt's 19-year-old find, Kangana Ranaut are said to be in a relationship for the last three years.
The actress has reportedly been staying in a flat owned by the actor, ever since she moved to Mumbai.
Panscholi doesn't deny the association. "I have known Kangana since she was 15, and lived with her parents in Manali (Himachal Pradesh), and then in Chandigarh, alone."
[an error occurred while processing this directive]The actor says he isn't the reason Kangana came to Mumbai and joined films, but she does ask him for professional advice.
"But my choice is very bad, so I refrain from giving it," he smiles.
I am close to Zarina
Kangana recalls her first meeting with Aditya. "He was shooting in Jaipur when he met my cousin. Since then, he has been coming home and knows my dad well. When I came to Mumbai, Aditya was the only person I knew, and the first person I called. I am very close to Zarinaji, his wife, and can call her for advice any time. She's seen Gangster and liked my performance."
What about rumours of their affair? "Kangana and I are good friends," reacts Aditya. "Even I have heard people saying that I am having an affair with her.
Maybe it's because we have been spotted together at parties. I have a teenage daughter and son, and they mean the world to me." Do he and Zarina have an open marriage? "That's not possible. Aisa kabhi hota hai kya? It's been 20 years since we got married, and we are still together."
In a fit of jealousy, Panscholi once created a scene in public when a fan was pestering Kangana. "That's not true," he brusquely denies.
When asked if Kangana was staying in a flat, which he had given her, Panscholi says, "No. She's staying in Versova right now." And Kangana says, "When I first came to Mumbai, I didn't have anywhere to stay.
Zarinaji offered me her Juhu flat, which I paid a nominal rent for. Now I have shifted to a flat in Yari Road, Versova."
'She's so beautiful'
Says Panscholi, "I have seen Gangster and Kangana is just out of this world.
She's beautiful and has done a mind-blowing job!" While Kangana says, "I used to feel shocked when people asked me if I was having an affair with Aditya, but today I don't care. He's a gem of a person and I can never repay him."