Over the last few months, an intense controversy has broken out in the country about a spat which many thought was just a spat between two celebrities. But increasingly now what’s happening is that there are contours of criminal intent, criminal harassment, criminal stalking which have now become a part and parcel of that which many believe was a private spat. We are talking about Hrithik Roshan. Serious allegations have been levelled against Hrithik Roshan by Kangana Ranaut. Kangana Ranaut has spoken out extensively over these last few months, years. The one man who has not spoken out so far is Hrithik.
Question: Let me first begin by asking you, this controversy, media has been speaking about it for years actually, not just months. At the outset, at the very beginning, do you regret ever having met Kangana Ranaut, ever having worked with her?
Answer: No, I don’t have any regrets in my life. I just want to begin by saying, as you said, a lot has been said about this. And please don’t see it as he said, she said. This is not a lovers spat. I am not here to fight. That’s not my intention at all. I’ve had absolutely no intention of making this into a media trial. It’s not of my making. I also know that there is no trophy at the end of this. There is no applause. There is no victory here. There is no apology. It’s just a sad sad tale. Hopefully, there will be something that we can learn from this. It may be the awareness. And let’s not also make it into how well this interview was, or how good that interview was. The implications of this is far greater. I heard some observations that Hrithik pauses too much, he is thinking too much, what’s wrong (smiles). Yes, I do pause. I pause and speak because I have to prep before I say my next word. That’s the way I have taught myself to speak. Half my mind is on my breath and my tongue. And I used to feel ashamed of that first. I don’t know. It’s something that is not my weakness, it’s my strength. It makes me who I am. Yes, just want to get that out of the way. Also, this whole thing about two people in the industry washing their dirty laundry in the media. This is not my laundry. These are not my clothes. They have been dumped upon me. I am just trying to rid myself off it. Some say it’s a very small thing. I disagree. Even a drop of water is a very small thing. But that drop of water falling on your head incessantly, tapping on your for one hour, one day, one year, two years, three years, four years, believe me it’s a horrific torture that you can be put through. Which is why I am almost cornered now to finally come out and say my truth. That’s it. I want to simply say my truth and that’s it.
Question: I get that point. But these are very very strong words that you are using. You’ve been pushed, you’ve been harassed. I can see through your opening comments that you are obviously been troubled a lot. This is impacting you as a person?
Answer: There are a few things that impact me. I am a bystander to this whole thing. I don’t think its right for the responsible people in the media or public to, the onus of this explanation should not really be on me. It should be on the accuser. It’s the accuser who should come with the proof and not the accused to have to come, sit and explain, why he is not guilty. It’s like I have parked my car on the side of the road and another car with the driver he or she has come and crashed into my car and then I am put on the stand and asked why did that person crash into your car. What was he or she thinking. Why did you park your car exactly where that car was going to come and crash. I don’t know these answers. How can you ask me?
Question: But, your silence has been used against you. That fact that you were silent all these years. The fact that so much was being spoken against you by Kangana Ranaut, by her family members. And you chose to remain silent. Only now you come out, therefore its proof that you had something to hide, is the allegation against you.
Answer: Well, there may be imperfections in the way I have handled this. I tried every single way to demolish this. I have spoken to people. Yes, there may be imperfections in the way I have handled it perhaps. But does that incriminate me? What are we discussing? We are talking about a very serious allegation. Whether I have handled, my reaction or non-reaction to that in the best way possible, is immaterial.
Question: What I want to do today is, I just want to stick to facts because frankly the more I go through all that has been said about this whole relationship or lack of it between you and Kangana Ranaut, I believe there is too much of rhetoric, there is too much of value judgment, there is too much of preaching which has been going around. Let me take you back in time, when was the first time you met Kangana Ranaut? Do you remember when you met her?
Answer: Yes, it was for the shooting of Kites. It was in 2009.
Question: So, from the time you met her and when two stars work together, two personalities work together and as we have seen in film circles there can be camaraderie, there can be friendship. Was at any stage there was friendship between the two of you?
Answer: It’s a very organic relationship that can occur. But in this case it did not. We did not even become friends. And I think that was because Kangana always came across as somebody very very shy. She never spoke. And I appreciated her hard work. I was proud of her. We never sat and had any deep conversations about life and stuff.