Alia Bhatt receives criticism for kissing Ranbir Kapoor at the 69th National Film Awards

A viral a picture of the power couple clutching the prize shows Alia Bhatt laying a kiss on Ranbir Kapoor’s cheek.

At the 69th National Film Awards, Alia Bhatt received the Best Actress Award for her performance in the film “Gangubai Kathiawadi.” Alia accepted the award from President Droupadi Murmu during an event in New Delhi’s Vigyan Bhawan. Ranbir Kapoor, her actor-husband, accompanied her.

One photo of the power couple snapping a selfie with the award and Alia planting a kiss on Ranbir’s face went viral as photographs of the actress collecting the award went viral.

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This didn’t go down well with a section of netizens who called out the couple for their PDA at a prestigious event.

One user wrote, “This is not the place where you can showcase such behavior.” “This is all happening in Vigyan Bhawan. Sharam hei in logon ko?” added another. Another user commented, “They can’t be doing this sitting in front of the President of India … alia has no sense which is not surprising but that ranbeer should have some disgusting.”

Alia wore a Sabyasachi bridal saree to the ceremony, while Ranbir sported a black bandhgala ethnic attire. Alia Bhatt said of collecting the prestigious prize, “It is a very big moment and I am very grateful.”

Alia posted a series of photos from the ceremony to Instagram, captioning them, “A photo, a moment, a memory for life.”

Gangubai Kathiawadi, directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, follows a virgin sold into prostitution by a suitor and her rise to prominence in the underworld and Kamathipua red-light district.

Meanwhile, Alia will next be seen in Jigra, a film directed by Vasan Bala and produced by her. Jigra will be released in theatres on September 27, 2024.