Ashish Bhardwaj told his side of the story in a special conversation with ‘ETimes’. “First of all, these are all baseless allegations. My lawyers have sent him a reply. The truth is huge. Whatever she is saying is completely false. I am not ruling out marriage. We are married and I am not living with him now. But the reason why I am not living with him is very strong. She is physically abusing me. She was not letting me go to work. Whenever I used to go for work or auditions, she would create such a situation that I could not go to work. He has scratched my face. I had to give many auditions but he ruined my whole face by scratching it.
‘Kajal used to threaten to file a police case’
Ashish told, ‘I did a show, came to this city, waited for four years, worked hard every day, every night. I did small roles in two shows and got the main lead in the third show. I have stopped working now. Ask anyone, I am not even giving auditions. I was not allowed to do this. Whenever I got a call for work or had to go out, she would threaten me with a police case. This is a private matter of the family and she is making it public in such a way, which is not right.
‘It was her wish to get Kajal aborted’
Ashish further put forward his side on the allegation of abortion. Said, ‘I married her. She had gone alone to get the abortion done. I went with her for check-up but I never went with her for abortion. This was their agreement earlier. I married him first and then got the marriage registered because of him. I convinced my whole family to do it for her and now she is doing it to me!
‘Kajal was demanded by cutting the thumb’
Ashish was also asked during this time that Kajal has said that the date of marriage has been wrongly written to prove the allegations in his FIR false, to which the actor said, ‘No, she has made it very dramatic. You think for yourself, why would someone cut his thumb to fulfill the demand? I got my thumb cut off and got married in a temple by law. She kept on insisting that I make our marriage public. I am from UP and from a joint family. At that time we had decided to give 2-3 years to our careers as both of us were very new to the industry. But as soon as I got the offer of sweets, I don’t know what insecurities crept into her mind and she kept forcing me to make it public. I told him that I would have to go home to tell my parents about this so that they could accept him respectfully. If I am marrying someone, I have to see that he also gets equal respect. I am going to run away and take some. To satisfy her, I married her. I don’t know why he said all this. The marriage certificate she posted on Instagram is a certificate to verify the names, on that date. The registrar and our signatures are also there.
‘Kajal is now playing the victim card’
Ashish said that Kajal is playing a woman card. ‘In this case, Kajal is using the law as a machinery, due to which I am very upset. This is my family matter and it is coming out in public like this. Men are not always at fault. Sometimes women play the victim card. My lawyer will tell me what further action will be taken. She filed an FIR and then she went to the High Court. There she is giving statement.
‘Kajal used to beat me’
Ashish further said, ‘Kajal deleted all the contacts on my phone. My co-actor’s number is not there in the phone, so that I cannot talk to him or be in contact with him. He scanned my WhatsApp, hacked my Instagram. He also changed the password of my phone. I stopped using my phone. Was suffocating a lot. She used to beat me. She knows that I will not hit her back and she misused it. Who would want to live like this?’
‘Kajal used to threaten to end my career’
Ashish was asked if he wanted to divorce, to which he replied, ‘I have not given any such statement. He has said so. He also says that he needs Rs 75 lakh to get a divorce. He kept these conditions. Look, I love that girl. I moved in with him and we got married. This was not the right time to make it public. When I told my family about him, they asked me to move in with him as we were married and I was ready too. I was living with him and he did this to me. Many times people remain silent because of their career, family. The jealousy and insecurity was on a different level. You can ask people from my sets, she used to disturb my shoots without informing. He told me many times, ‘Teri koi nahi sunne wala, sab meri sunenge’. The actor you are becoming, I will finish your career in 2 minutes. Do whatever happens. He put me under a lot of pressure.
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