Kirron Kher dismisses reports that she is unavailable to public

  • PTI, None, Chandigarh
  • Updated: May 28, 2015 19:10 IST

Actor-turned-BJP MP Kirron Kher on Thursday dismissed as "baseless" reports that most of her time was consumed in shooting for films and reality shows, asserting that she was very much available to the people of this Union Territory.

59-year-old Kirron, who is one of the judges of the new season of TV show 'India's Got Talent', when asked that people here complain that she devotes more time to reality shows and is seen less in her constituency, said, "this is not true,this is baseless".

Kirron, who was earlier Mumbai-based, has a parental house in Chandigarh, but had to fight the "outsider" tag when she fought the Lok Sabha polls last year from Chandigarh, which she won trouncing Congress' veteran leader and former union minister, Pawan Kumar Bansal.

Kirron, wife of noted Bollywood actor Anupam Kher, said that even before contesting the polls from here she had made it clear that she would be doing 'India's Got Talent' show.

"But this year I refused three films, which I should not have refused because it is my profession. If one becomes lawyer or doctor or a professor, one does not leave the profession. If I am not able to run my home, how can I run
the country.

"I have to run my home, it involves money, I get Rs 50,000 per month (as MP) on which tax is also imposed, a person like me has to manage three homes; had I contested anywhere from Bombay (Mumbai), it would have been easy for me.

A house in Delhi and Chandigarh, the one at Mumbai is managed by Anupam, all these expenses are high," she said responding in detail to the question that she was not available to the people of her constituency.

Kirron, who was addressing a press conference here, further said, even the films like Khubsoorat, Punjab 1984, Total Siyapaa had been done by her way back in 2013.

"Unfortunately, I have not been able to see any of these films of mine because I have found no time to watch them in the theatre," she said.

Continuing to respond to the same question, she further stated, "I have to be in Delhi for six months to attend the Parliament because of which I am out of Chandigarh. The remaining six months, I am here. Someone (media) wrote I was seen here only on two occasions."

"In January and February, I was here and in late February (this year) I went to Delhi to attend the Parliament session. From March 8, I went for India's Got Talent show, where everyone adjusted for me because they did not want me to leave the show and kept the shooting dates over the weekends.

In between, when Parliament was on, from Monday to Friday, I used to be there. On Friday nights, I used to travel to Mumbai for the show. On early Monday morning, I used to take flight back to Delhi to attend the Parliament.

It's a difficult job," she stressed.

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