Actress and former girlfriend of late actor Sushant Singh Rajput, Ankita Lokhande has urged people via Instagram to stop maligning her. She said that no one knew her side of the story and so it was extremely “hurtful” when they attacked her.
Ankita said that she had been through depression too but never made it public.
In an Instagram live session, Ankita said that she got nasty comments on her Instagram reels and dance videos. She advised her detractors to unfollow her if they had a problem with her social media activities. “Jo cheezein mujhe achchi nahi lagti, main follow nahi karti. Lekin main doosron ke account pe jaake unko gaaliyaan nahi deti (I don’t follow those I don’t like. But I don’t go and curse other people on their posts),” she said.
Ankita claimes she “(doesn’t) really care” what the trolls say but adds it affects her parents who are “sensitive” and do not belong to the industry. “Unke liye digest karna bohot mushkil hai ki log aise kyun gaali dete hai aur maine aisa kya galat kiya (They find it difficult to accept that people can be so abusive and wonder what wrong I did to get such comments),” she said.
Ankita said that people who knew nothing about her relationship with Sushant were quick to cast aspersions on her even though she did nothing wrong. She said that no one had the right to judge someone else’s relationship and point fingers at her.
“Jo log aaj mujhpar ungli utha rahe hai, woh mere rishte ko jaante hi nahi the shayad. Aur agar itna hi aapko tha pyaar, toh ab kyun aakar aap lad rahe ho? Pehle kahaan the aaplog jab saari cheezein khatam ho rahi thi humari life mein. Aaj mujhe blame kiya jaata hai, par meri koi galti hi nahi hai (Those who are pointing fingers at me today perhaps knew nothing about my relationship. And if you had so much love for him, why are you fighting now? Where were you when everything was collapsing in our lives? Today, I am being blamed, but I am not in the wrong),” she said.
Ankita said that she was not at fault but maintained that she did not come live on Instagram to blame anyone. “Sabki apni-apni motives hoti hai life mein (Everyone has different motives in life). Sushant always wanted to grow in his life and that is what he did. Woh chala gaya apne raaste. Uske liye main kahaan galat saabit hoti hoon? Mujhe kyun gaaliyaan di jaati hai? Maine kya galat kiya (He went his way. How am I to blame for that? Why am I being abused? What did I do wrong)? You don’t know what is my story, so stop blaming me. It is really hurtful.”
Ankita said that she had gone through depression herself but no one was there with her at the time except her family and a few fans who stood by her. “Main bhi depression se guzar chuki hoon lekin maine shayad inn cheezon ko jataya nahi. Main bhi bohot buri haalat mein thi. Mujhe bhi takleef hui. Mujhe bhi bohot rona aaya tha (I went through depression too but I never spoke about it. I was in a very bad state. I was in a lot of pain. I also cried a lot),” she said.
Finally, Ankita said once again that those who did not like her should ‘please unfollow (her)’. “But stop blaming me for anything. Kyunki main kahin hoon hi nahi scene mein. Main thi hi nahi kisi ke life mein itne saalon se. Par meri ek responsibility thi uski taraf aur maine woh poori ki hai achchi tarah se (I am nowhere in the scene. I was not in his life for all these years. But I had a responsibility towards him which I fulfilled),” she said.
Mumbai Police found Sushant dead on 14 June last year and declared it to be a case of suicide within 15 minutes of recovering the actor’s body from his apartment. The Central Bureau of Investigation has been probing the case away from the media glare all these months while the Narcotics Control Bureau hogged the limelight within a month of the case getting transferred to central agencies, after which it detracted public attention with raids on suspected drug peddlers and consumers in Bollywood. The progress of the Enforcement Directorate in the case has been unheard of for a long time.