Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt’s recent late-night rendezvous was all over the news. The couple was joined by Alia’s father, Mahesh Bhatt. Even as rumour mills go into an overdrive with their speculations, Mahesh Bhatt decided to keep them guessing.

“When I saw those pics, I was like, ‘Oh, the paparazzi age is here and you have people from the outside using their premise to capture the image, because that’s what the nation is thrusting for.’ So, not saying more, I’d let the paparazzi guess if papa is raazi,” he told a leading daily.

Mahesh does not believe in giving his daughter any relationship advice. “It’s very obvious that [Ranbir-Alia] are making no bones about talking to people about them being intimate. And I don’t belong to that category of parents who’d advise their children about their personal choices. Alia is an adult and it’s a matter that she has to resolve. It’s their life, their space. I respect and admire them for choosing to talk to the world when, and if, they want to do,” he said.

The filmmaker is extremely fond of Ranbir, and could not stop gushing about him. “I like and love him very much. He has got a core far deeper than what cinema space can capture,” Mahesh said.

Ranbir has been receiving plaudits for his performance in Rajkumar Hirani’s Sanju. Mahesh was also blown over by his Sanjay Dutt act and said, “He astounded me in Sanju. After Amitabh Bachchan’s Deewar (1975), this is the first time I’ve seen an actor take charge of a character, which is iconic like Sanjay Dutt. Ranbir is barely 34 or 35 and though he comes from the great lineage of the Kapoor family, he has a unique charm and talent that’s his own. He is an original, just like Alia is an original.”