Ranbir Kapoor fueled romance rumors between Vijay Deverakonda and Rashmika Mandanna in a recent interview. On Unstoppable with NBK 2, Ranbir and Rashmika were seen promoting Animal, their forthcoming movie. During the program, Telugu actor Nandamuri Balakrishna, who was hosting, asked her to choose a poster between Animal, starring Ranbir Kapoor, and Arjun Reddy, played by Vijay Deverakonda. Balakrishna instructed Sandeep Reddy Vanga to phone Vijay while Rashmika was having trouble picking.
Ranbir made fun of Vijay during the conversation by joking that Balakrishna was becoming envious of the call and that he had been referring to her as “Crushmika” while the program was on. “Bala sir, love Rashmika,” said Vijay. “I love Sandeep Reddy Vanga,” said the Kushi actor in response to Balakrishna’s question on who Vijay loves. Rashmika was completely stunned by his response.
Vijay was then asked by Ranbir to comment on which movie poster he thought was better, Arjun Reddy or Animal. Without naming the person, Vijay said, “Putting the posters aside, I like Ranbir a lot and then, I love… I love you.” Sandeep was holding the phone, but all eyes were on her.
During the same phone conversation, Ranbir shared a fascinating narrative about Rashmika and Vijay’s friendship that stoked rumors that they were dating. The first time Sandeep saw Rashmika was during Arjun Reddy’s victory celebration on Vijay’s patio. After being stunned for a while, Rashmika enquired as to Ranbir’s source of knowledge. “It’s not required to divulge all of this information,” blushing Rashmika added.
In the meanwhile, Animal will be the first time Rashmika and Ranbir share a screen. Sandeep Reddy Vanga is the film’s director, and December 1st is the scheduled release date.