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The spat between Bollywood stars Kangana Ranaut and Hrithik Roshan took a very public turn on Tuesday, with both actors sending legal notices to each other, as reported by several publications, including Mumbai Mirror.
Rumours that the duo was romantically involved have been long doing the rounds in Bollywood, especially after Hrithik’s marriage with childhood sweetheart Sussanne Khan ended. But neither Kangana nor Hrithik had ever addressed those reports – in separate incidents, the actors had even walked out of press conferences because they wished to avoid questions about the affair.
The trigger seems to have been a project for which both Hrithik and Kangana were being considered – Aashiqui 3. The speculation around the film flew fast and thick – that Sonam Kapoor was the original choice, and when she couldn’t take up the project, Kangana seemed like the ideal candidate. That Hrithik “threw a fit” when he heard that Kangana might be signed on for the project, and that his antagonism led to her being “dropped”. It’s important to note that neither actor has ever confirmed that they would be part of the project.
The trigger for the legal notices, however, seems to have been an interview Kangana gave Pinkvilla about the Aashiqui 3 rumours: “Yes, many lame rumours are doing the rounds, even a dumb ass can tell where these rumours are coming from. I don’t know why exes do silly things to get your attention. For me that chapter is over and I don’t dig graves,” she is quoted as having said.
The report was published on January 28. In a tweet dated the same day, Hrithik sent out what may be construed as a rejoinder: “Ther r more chances of me having had an affair with d Pope dan any of d (Im sure wonderful)women d media hs ben naming. Thanks but no thanks.” (sic)
Ther r more chances of me having had an affair with d Pope dan any of d (Im sure wonderful)women d media hs ben naming.Thanks but no thanks.
– Hrithik Roshan (@iHrithik) January 28, 2016
It seemed that that is where the matter would rest – until now.
So just what have the two actors claimed in their legal notices against one another? We’re breaking it down for you, by the numbers:
10 – days ago, is when Hrithik is reported to have sent his legal notice to Kangana, through his lawyer Deepesh Mehta.
5 – is the number of pages his complaint ran into. It includes claims of stalking and defamation against Kangana, as well as an allegation that she “suffers from Asperger’s Syndrome”.
1,439 – number of emails Hrithik’s notice says Kangana sent him, most of them “senseless, personal and absurd”. The notice uses these emails to claim that Kangana was engaged in stalking Hrithik.
50 – number of emails Hrithik’s notice says Kangana sent him every day, after he gave her his email ID at a party hosted by Karan Johar in May 2014.
30,000 – is the number of emails Kangana’s legal notice to Hrithik says he should have received, if indeed his claim of being sent 50 emails a day (for 601 days, from May 2014 to the date of sending the notice) was true.
21 – the number of pages in Kangana’s legal notice, sent by her lawyer Rizwan Siddique. The charges that Kangana has included against Hrithik include intimidation and threat.
7 – the number of days Kangana has given Hrithik to withdraw his complaint.
18 – number of days ago the duo was spotted at the same public event, albeit separately.
3 – years since Hrithik and Kangana last came together for a project.
2 – films that they have worked on together, including the ill-fated Kites and the blockbuster Krissh 3.
0 – comments the actors have made after the news of their legal wrangle broke.
It isn’t clear how this saga will play out, but one thing is for certain – it’s far more interesting than any Bollywood potboiler playing in the theatres right now.