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The key to solving the Hrithik Roshan-Kangana Ranaut mystery lies in this photo

While we may never know what really transpired between Hrithik Roshan and Kangana Ranaut, one of the key pieces of evidence is the photograph of the two taken at a birthday party.

bollywood Updated: Oct 05, 2017 18:08 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
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This picture of Hrithik Roshan and Kangana Ranaut could hold the key to cracking this whole thing open.

While we may never know what really transpired between Hrithik Roshan and Kangana Ranaut, one of the key pieces of evidence is the photograph of the two taken at a birthday party.

The picture is important for many reasons. Hrithik, for instance, maintains that it is doctored, and in his lengthy statement on Thursday, says that he never met Kangana “one on one” in the time they’ve known each other. Earlier, his former wife Sussanne Khan had obliquely referred to the image as “photoshopped”. Kangana, meanwhile, alleges that she was involved in a years-long affair with the star. And now, her sister Rangoli has brought up the picture again.

Spot the difference.

Hrithik has maintained that Kangana was corresponding with an imposter. So let’s trace the history of this picture.

It first appeared online in April 2016, a little more than three months after the fiasco began. After being shared on social media, both stars’ fans took sides. Hrithik’s army called it a fake, while Kangana’s fans declared it to be the proof her defence needed.

According to a Times of India report, the picture was clicked at a private party at Arjun Rampal’s house during Krrish 3’s pre-production, which dates it at sometime around 2010. Other Bollywood celebrities such as actors Arjun Rampal, Dino Morea and filmmaker Abhishek Kapoor were also present.

Two days later, Hrithik’s ex-wife, Sussanne Khan came to his defence. Sussanne, who separated from Hrithik in 2013, also shared an image that seemed from the same party. The photograph shows the then couple holding each other closely. She called the Hrithik-Kangana pic ‘photoshopped’.

“Pictures are photoshopped and untrue stories carry too much weight. Another picture for the record. I support Hrithik in this,” she tweeted.

Meanwhile, when contacted, Kangana’s advocate Rizwan Siddiquee said, “We are fed up of dealing with Hrithik’s sources. Let him or his lawyer come forward, and give a proper statement... If Hrithik’s source is saying that the photo has been tampered with, then let the source come out in the open, and make a proper claim... Hrithik claimed not knowing my client even socially. So, I am sure he is looking for a way to wriggle out of the situation...”

Another picture from the same party.

And now, more than a year later, the picture is back in the spotlight. Mere hours after Hrithik’s statement, Kangana’s sister, Rangoli Chandel, who often comes to her defence on social media, tweeted that the picture was in fact real.

“In your statement you said Kangana released a photo shopped picture. If u are talking about this picture we don’t know who released it but what do you mean by photoshop? Is dat not u, who has grabbed Kangana’s waist like a creep and smelling her neck, who seems disinterested? So what if ur ex wife ws dere, I don’t knw bt we all read rumours about hr affair with your friend. Pls prove dis is photoshopped. Could your wife stop you from having multiple affairs under her nose? Why you always hide behind her?” She tagged Hrithik in all her tweets.

Issues between the two actors surfaced when Kangana hinted at Hrithik being her “ex”, saying in an interview that she fails to understand “why exes do silly things to get your attention”.

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First Published: Oct 05, 2017 17:50 IST