HRITHIK BREAKS HIS SILENCE
In his first ever reaction on the Kangana Ranaut issue, Hrithik Roshan says he has never met her ‘one on one’
Hrithik Roshan and Kangana Ranaut have been at loggerheads for a long time now — she said that they had an affair; he reported in a police complaint that she was a delusional person who sent him 3,000 emails. Although Kangana has spoken about it on various public platforms, Hrithik has remained silent all this while. Now, in a first, the actor has issued a statement on their legal battle. We reproduce excerpts:
“I choose to be on a path of creativity, productivity and constructive work. Anything that isn’t in alignment with that, I tend to ignore, sidestep and treat as a distraction...I believe that [ignoring], nonreaction and staying on the path of dignity is the best way to discourage any persistent unwanted intrusions. But just [as] a nagging health issue, sometimes ignored, can turn malignant, this situation for me has unfortunately turned malignant. In case of the matter at hand, it seems the media has no intention of letting go. I don’t see any grace in adding to this circus by testifying in defence of my character in a situation that I have no involvement in whatsoever. I have been dragged into a dirty perverse mess without a choice in the matter. This is something that is not of my making.
“The truth is, I have never met the lady in question oneon-one in my entire life. Yes, we have worked together, but there has been no meeting in private. Please understand: I am not fighting an allegation of an affair. Or being childish and trying to uphold a ‘good guy’ image. I am very aware of my faults; I am human.
“I am, in fact, protecting myself from something far more serious, sensitive and destructive than that. Sadly, very few from the media or the public seem to be interested in the truth. This has been a hard-learned fact for me. If the people are comfortable with a lie because it doesn’t threaten their model of the world where a girl is the victim and the man the aggressor, then so be it. I am ok with that, too. Women have suffered centuries of abuse at the hands of men, and it infuriates me how some men can be so brutal and they deserve the harshest punishment. But by that logic, if it ordains that one man can’t be vulnerable and one woman can’t be a liar, so be it. I’m okay with that, too.
“An alleged seven-year long, passionate affair between two high-profile celebrities with no trail left behind. No evidence, no paparazzi pictures, no witnesses, not even a memento in possession like a selfie taken at the alleged engagement, which is claimed to have happened in Paris in Jan 2014. Nothing that constitutes an exchange or any sort of proof of a romantic relationship. Yet we want to believe the other party because the rhetoric is: why would a girl lie?
“My passport details show no travel outside the country in Jan 2014, which is the date [when] this alleged engagement supposedly took place. In Paris. The only socalled proof presented of this alleged ‘relationship’ was a photoshopped picture in the media. This was immediately exposed the very next day by friends, including my ex-wife.
“These questions are not even asked, because we are taught to protect the woman, as we should. I myself have been brought up to think the same way, by my parents and the wonderful women in my life who have been my rock and support system. I’m deeply grateful to them. I will do my best to teach my children the same values of family and dignity. And yes, I will teach them to stand up for women. Always. There are 3,000 one-sided emails which either I have sent to myself or the woman in question has sent to me. The Cyber-Crime Dept. can prove or disprove either story in just a few days. Towards that purpose, I have surrendered all my devices, including laptops, phones, etc. which are still with the cyber cell, but the other party has refused to do so. The investigation hasn’t been closed.
“This is not, and I repeat, not a lovers’ spat. I humbly request people to stop labelling it as one, and, for a second, try and see it for what it really is. I have been harassed by this for four years and the wellmeaning and probably necessary social bias towards women has deemed me helpless in defending myself.
“I am not angry. I have seldom allowed anger into my life. I have not had a single fight in my life with a man or a woman. Even in my divorce, there was no fight. I and those around me have always chosen peace. I am not here to accuse or judge anyone, but it’s time I defend the truth, because when truth suffers, the collective consciousness of society suffers. Civilization suffers. Closer to home, families suffer. Children suffer.”