Indian actress and reality TV performer Payal Rohatgi has stated that Kangana Ranaut uses Alia Bhatt's name for the sake of publicity. Speaking on the stage of Lock Upp, before her entry as a participant on the show, Payal said that Kangana 'piggy backs' on Alia's name. Payal said with regards to Kangana's recent criticism of Gangubai Kathiawadi.
Payal Rohatgi was questioned about why she's working in an Alt Balaji show, given her past criticism of the platform. Payal asserted that personal opinions may be different from professional situations. Furthermore, she added that even host Kangana had a difference of opinions with Ekta Kapoor, however Kangana is now hosting Ekta's show Lock Upp.
This sent Kangana into a rage and she said in a stern voice, "Do not piggy back on me. Talk about your own experiences, do not use my past experiences. Do not take my name." Payal told her that she only mentioned Kangana as she was sitting right in front. "I would have named someone else if you were not present here."
Kangana Ranaut then remarked, "So, you would still talk of someone else's experiences. You are still not saying that you would talk about your own experiences. You just proved my allegations right." As per the format of the show, contestants are handed a set of tasks that they are supposed to defend themselves against during their stay on the show. Payal was told that she cashes in on others' controversies for the sake of public attention.
Responding to Kangana, Payal said, "Why then do you use others' names? I can also say that you piggy back on Alia Bhatt's name and (are using) Gangubai Kathiwadi for the sake of grabbing attention." Kangana said, "Do not talk about me, I create my own controversies, that is my opinion about them."
Not long ago, Kangana Ranaut had criticized Gangubai Kathiawadi and called Alia Bhatt a “bimbo” adding that the film's biggest mistake is “wrong casting”. However, following the film's release, Kangana Ranaut wrote on Instagram Stories: “Happy to hear theatres are being revived in South film industry with record breaking collections. I hear some baby steps are being taken in Hindi belt also. With recent female centric film which has a big hero and a super star director. They may be baby steps but they are not insignificant. They will be crucial for theatres which are on ventilators here. Great.”