When Alia Bhatt called her Gangubai Kathiawadi co-star Shantanu Maheshwari a ‘hottie,’ a fan said ‘I hope he does well’

Alia Bhatt and Shantanu Maheshwari play a romantic couple in Gangubai Kathiawadi but the two had met several years ago on a reality show.

Alia Bhatt recently saw the release of her romantic number Jab Saiyaan from her upcoming film, Gangubai Kathiawadi. It features actor Shantanu Maheshwari as her lover. But the less the public remembers that Alia had met Shantanu several years before on a reality show and even called him a “hottie”.

Shantanu, who is also a trained dancer, had participated in season 9 of Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa. Alia had visited the show’s sets as a guest and was blown away by her dance performance. Congratulating him after the performance, Alia said, “Shantanu, I know people call you cute. But I mean you’re a hottie too.”

As everyone cheered for Shantanu after Alia’s comment, he was seen blushing onstage and responding with a “thank you.”

Talking about her dance moves, Alia added, “Your dancing was so good. I just mean – when you bend all the way back and come back up – when we pull, a harness is used to make that possible. I’ve seen people do it on wires, but you did it all by yourself. Yaar exceptional.

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Shantanu debuted with the TV show Dil Dosti Dance ten years ago and seems to have found an extra fan following his appearance in the song Gangubai Kathiawadi. One fan commented on Reddit, “I really feel so happy for him. He worked very hard and today he is in an SLB movie. The little kid in me who used to fangirl over him like crazy, is all emotional. Another said: “Shantanu has come a long way since D3 (Dil Dosti Dance). He finally gets what he deserves. Also, it’s good to see Alia paired with someone closer to her age. Another Reddit user said, “Hope he makes it!”

Gangubai Kathiawadi stars Alia in the lead role of a vulnerable girl turned brothel owner and matriarch. The was directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and will be released in theaters on February 25.

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