After the recent sudden suicide of Sushant Singh Rajput, actor Kangana Ranaut who went public slamming nepotism in the Hindi film industry, has revealed that she faced struggles similar to his.
In a new statement, the “Queen” actor alleged that she was asked to apologise to Hrithik Roshan’s family in order to survive in the industry.
Ranaut and Roshan found themselves embroiled in a scandal in 2016 over their alleged former relationship and subsequent legal battle.
The ‘Queen’ actor said: “Once Javed Akhtar had called me to his house and told me that Rakesh Roshan and his family are very big people. If you don’t apologise to them, you will have nowhere to go. They will put you in jail, and eventually, the only path would be that of destruction…you will commit suicide. These were his words. Why did he think if I don’t apologise to you will have nowhere to go? They will put you in jail, and eventually, the only path would be that of destruction…you will commit suicide. These were his words. Why did he think if I don’t apologise to Hrithik Roshan, I would have to commit suicide? He shouted and yelled at me. I was shaking in his house,”
She added, “Were there people calling Sushant? Were there people putting such thoughts into his mind? I have no idea, but obviously, he was in a similar situation. In his interviews, he had said that nepotism cannot co-exist with talent because they don’t allow the right talent to come up. I can relate to it, and hence I am raising questions. I want to know who played the catalyst in this situation?”
Ranaut added, “I know Sushant had a big fallout with Aditya Chopra also. When I refused Sultan, he had threatened he would never work with me. Ever since our industry ganged up on me. I remember so many times feeling really lonely and feeling what will happen to me…”
The ‘Manikarnika’ star revealed that this behaviour extended to relationships. “They [people in the industry] are very insecure about things. Despite what they did to me, there was a guy who wanted to get married to me. But he distanced himself, they made sure he ran away. With no surety about my career, my love-life completely has gone awry, with six court-cases against me, they’re still trying to put me in jail.”
His [Sushant ‘s] films have done more business than your ‘Gully Boy’. People like Salman Khan said who Sushant Singh Rajput? It was after ‘M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story’, everybody knew who Sushant was. We need to stop these [people].
– Kangana Ranaut
Ranaut also talked about herself: “I’m a different person; I’m very expressive. I went out there, and I just vented it out. Sushant was not a person like that at all. He just bottled it up. Media too has played a considerable part in this–the kind of monster image that was given to him. Everybody who knew him closely agrees that he was a soft and emotional person. I think that after a point it really got to him. I can understand it because even I have been portrayed as a witch and as a stalker.”
Sharing that the bullying and outbursts had a psychological impact on her life,Ranaut said, “I remember initially when people used to come to my home, I felt so embarrassed to even offer them water. Forget having a relationship or going on a date post the disaster of a relationship I had. I can only imagine that even during Manikarnika what they did to me.”
Talking about the ‘Kai Po Che’ star, she added, “But perhaps he was just not able to vent. In fact, all these constant jibes on these petty show that he should be killed and which rated him as the least efficient… his films have done more business than your Gully Boy. People like Salman Khan said who Sushant Singh Rajput? It was after M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story, everybody knew who Sushant was. We need to stop these [people].”