MUMBAI: Veteran actor Shatrughan Sinha has openly clarified that his referring to Bollywood actress Rani Mukerji as ‘Rani Chopra’ at the unveiling of Late filmmaker Yash Chopra’s bronze statue, was not an ‘oopsie’ as the media is calling it.
At the unveiling, where amongst family (Pamela Chopra and Uday Chopra), Rani made her presence felt, Shatrughan had said, “Yash Chopra, Pamela Chopra, Uday Chopra, Rani… just now my wife said I missed out on Aditya Chopra. Rani Chopra ka naam liye hai toh zahir se baat hai Aditya Chopra ka naam bhi… (When I am taking Rani Chopra’s name, then it is obvious that I am taking Aditya Chopra’s name as well).”
Of course this speech by the ‘Shotgun’ Sinha, made the press and Industry go into a frenzy – for Rani and Aditya have been denying the the rumours of their “secret marriage” for ages now.
But the veteran actor, has once again added fuel to fire by making it clear that the Chopra surname that he used with Rani’s name was no mistake.
“I only stated the truth. Either you should not ask me to speak in public. If you do, you better be prepared for some frankspeak,” said Sinha.
“I was asked to speak on the great Yash Chopra. While I was mentioning the family members my wife reminded me that I had forgot to mention Aditya Chopra. To this I replied, ‘I have mentioned Rani Chopra and that is as good as mentioning Aditya Chopra too.’ I see no harm in this. I didn’t think it would become such an issue,” said the 67 year old.