Bollywood star Katrina Kaif has dismissed rumours suggesting she is engaged to fellow actor Ranbir Kapoor.

Reports of an engagement began circulating after the actor's cousin, Kareena Kapoor, addressed Kaif as her sister-in-law during an appearance on Indian Tv show, Koffee With Karan, earlier this month (Dec13).

However, the Dhoom 3 beauty has now cleared up the claims, insisting Kapoor's comments were made in jest.

She tells The Hindustan Times, "She's (Kapoor) a nice person, and has always been sweet and kind to me, and I respect her as an actor. But there was no truth to what she said; she was obviously joking. There's no marriage happening, no-one has even asked me."

She adds, "I'm a private person. And I have a certain way in which I protect myself. I don't openly wear my feelings. But I take all this in good humour. From the beginning, with any media hype or speculation, I've never taken any offence. It's part and parcel of the industry. "

Kaif, who had previously dated Bollywood superstar Salman Khan, has been romantically linked to Ranbir Kapoor since earlier this year (13), but the stars have yet to comment on their relationship publicly.