Kangana Ranaut is a witch and must be burnt at the stake?

  • Jyoti Sharma Bawa, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: May 02, 2016 18:05 IST
How Kangana Ranaut went from a three-time National Award winner who made her own career to a deranged, hallucinating groupie in public perception?

Before January, Kangana Ranaut was a Bollywood superstar with two National Awards in her kitty, could command money that other actresses in the industry were afraid to ask and had the guts to speak her mind. Then, in January, she called an unnamed Bollywood star her “silly ex” and everything changed.

Now, depending on whose testimony you accept, she has a strange form of Asperger’s which makes her dream up a relationship with Hrithik Roshan, or she does black magic and is practically a Pisachini (loosely translated into witch). Oh, she also earned another National Award in the meanwhile , but who’s bothered when there is black magic happening!

Kangana Ranaut won another National Award for Tanu Weds Manu Returns while the Hrithik saga was unfolding.

In a country turning progressively more sanskaari, Kangana dared to talk publicly about a dalliance with a married man; a heartthrob no less. He would have none of it. A divorce notwithstanding, Hrithik Roshan had his family man image to protect.

Whether the affair between the two was real and sordid or a figment of Kangana’s imagination is something the court will decide. But before the police reveal the findings of its investigation, public has largely given its judgement: Kangana is a witch and must be burnt at the stake.

How else can you explain ‘Characterless Kangana’ trending on Twitter? If it was an equal society or a fair world, Hrithik might have faced some of the backlash. Instead he is the knight in the untarnished armour who is telling people to “channelise love and strangle the anger” because it is “characterless to judge another whatever may be the case”.

What a gentlemanly gesture and how ungracious of Kangana and her lawyer to accuse him of slut shaming and disseminating the actress’ private images and mails that only he had access to. Why, not only Hrithik, see what she did to Adhyayan Suman!

You would ask Adhyayan Suman, who? We did too until we read a mammoth interview by the actor in a daily. He is yet another gentleman who kept quiet for years (seven to be precise) before he revealed the horrors that visited upon him when Kangana was his girlfriend. That affair, probably, is the only reason people remember him till date.

Read: Black magic, physical abuse, Hrithik mania: Adhyayan Suman on Kangana

Puerile, repulsive and stereotypical, the interview paints Kangana as an abusive girlfriend who single-handedly finished Adhyayan’s career, sabotaged his ties with his family and had a one-sided Hrithik obsession even when in the relationship. And these are the good bits.

The terrible part is when the actor was forced into doing black magic by Kangana and had to meet astrologers. He claims she fed him impure blood, her own, to kill his career. Guess who told the “metropolitan, foreign-educated” actor about Kangana’s voodoo skills? HIS tarot reader and his mother’s panditji! He reveals this right after he tells the interviewer how Kangana also fought with him because he won’t do cocaine.

Is this true, even in parts? We won’t know because Kangana has refused to comment. Most of Hrithik-Kangana murky revelations will also remain in the nether region of he-said-she-said.

But the one person who appears to be taking the hit in all this is Kangana Ranaut.

Is it because she is a Bollywood outsider, and a woman? Is it because she spoke out when silence would have helped career? Is it because she is successful and vocal about her affairs? Is it because she is least interested in being the virginal Bollywood heroine? Is it because she challenged a leading Bollywood star and made his private life public? Is it easier to smear a woman especially in terms of her sex life?

Or, is she an attention-hungry groupie who is hallucinating about a Bollywood star?

Like all questions in this saga, these will go unanswered.

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