‘Not my nature to target those who targeted me': Actor Kangana Ranaut in Mumbai court

‘not my nature to target those who targeted me': actor kangana ranaut in mumbai court

‘Not my nature to target those who targeted me’: Actor Kangana Ranaut in Mumbai court

Actor Kangana Ranaut stood in the witness box and testified before the Andheri Magistrate court in the criminal defamation complaint hearing filed by Bollywood lyricist Javed Akhtar. The complaint is related to a televised interview of Ranaut after actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s alleged suicide in 2020.

Ranaut informed the court that Rajput had complained about bullying and harassment by the film industry as an outsider. She emphasised the commonalities between them, both being from North India, science students, and belonging to the Rajput community. “I was also complaining about bullying and harassment by the film industry, people treating me as an outsider,” she stated.

Expressing empathy, Ranaut disclosed that the thought of suicide crossed her mind at one point, given the harassment she faced in the film industry. “When I saw the suicide of Rajput, I was deeply affected,” she added.

Ranaut alleged that in 2016, during a public controversy with actor Hrithik Roshan, Akhtar had called her to his residence and threatened her. Akhtar denies this claim.

Regarding the 2016 meeting, Ranaut stated she felt threatened by Akhtar and “at that time I felt very depressed”. She mentioned that no one else she spoke about in the interview, except Akhtar, filed a complaint against her. She clarified that she mentioned Akhtar’s name in the flow of the interview without deliberate intent.

Ranaut emphasised that her intention in the interview was to bring to the public’s notice the challenges faced by outsiders in the film industry. She recalled Akhtar shouting and accusing her during the 2016 meeting, for refusing to apologise to Hrithik Roshan. She cited depression, trauma, and anxiety due to Akhtar’s behavior.

She explained the delay in filing a complaint against Akhtar by stating that, as an outsider, she was humiliated by many in the industry. “It was not my nature to target those people who targeted me,” she said. Ranaut highlighted her focus on defending more cases than filing cases against others.

Ranaut will undergo cross-examination by Akhtar’s lawyer, Jay Bharadwaj, in the next hearing in March. She had previously recorded her statement, answering questions from the court. Ranaut had also filed a counter-complaint against Akhtar in 2021, the hearing of which is currently stayed as Akhtar challenged it in the Dindoshi Sessions court.

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