A day after news emerged that Kangana Ranaut and Hrithik Roshan had sent legal notices to each other — containing allegations of intimidation and threat, and stalking and defamation, respectively — the story got murkier.
In a report published in the Mumbai Mirror on Thursday, a close friend of Kangana’s has been quoted as saying that the two actors were engaged to be married in 2014, although the relationship ultimately fizzled out.
From the report, the source provided a date line of sorts of the reported relationship between the two Bollywood stars.
2009: Just friends
It was in 2009 that Hrithik and Kangana worked together in Kites. The Mirror report quotes their source as having said: “It started out as a friendship between two people who were both going through a rough patch. His marriage was in trouble and his relationship with his Kites co-star, Mexican model/actress Barbara Mori, wasn't working out. Kangana was going through troubles of her own and they found solace in each other's company and became good friends.”
It was when work began on Krrish 3 that the Kangana-Hrithik relationship changed from that of friendship, the report states. Apparently, it was Hrithik who pursued Kangana — although she “initially felt uncomfortable with the attention” — and she gave in after six months.
2013: Relationship develops
Krrish 3 was released in November 2013. By mid-December Hrithik had released a statement that his 17-year-long marriage with Sussanne was over. “Sussanne has decided to separate from me and end our 17-year-long relationship,” he wrote to fans, in a statement. But news reports at the time pointed out that Sussanne had moved out of the family home at least four months before the announcement of their separation was even made.
In December 2013, Kangana received a call from Hrithik telling her his marriage was over. He reportedly told her that he wanted to marry her, although the Mirror source says that Kangana was afraid that he was doing this on the rebound.
2014: A "proposal in Paris", and a downward slide
In January 2014, Hrithik reportedly proposed to Kangana in Paris. But by February, things were going downhill. “In the first week of February, soon after he resumed shooting for Bang Bang, Hrithik stopped communicating with her (Kangana),” Mirror’s source says.
In March — after she won the National Award for Queen — Kangana’s friend claims that Hrithik once again made contact with Kangana, asking her to “take him back”. But by May 2014, the relationship had soured again, and was reportedly over.
2016: Rumours, and then the legal notices
While rumours of their relationship dogged both actors all through 2015, it was only in January 2016 that they came to a head with the speculation over Aashiqui 3, and whether or not Hrithik had a role to play in getting Kangana “dropped” from the project. Then came the now infamous interview where Kangana made an oblique reference to “silly exes”, Hrithik tweeted about being “more likely to date the Pope” than any of the women the press had linked him up with, and finally, the legal notices that brought the saga into the public eye.
The email trail from 2014-16
Even as the actors trade accusations through their lawyers, an email ID purportedly in Hrithik’s name is at the centre of the controversy.
According to the legal notice Hrithik filed through his lawyer Deepesh Mehta, he first became aware of a “fake email ID”, being operated by someone impersonating the actor, when Kangana approached him at Karan Johar’s birthday party in May 2014, thanking him for some congratulatory emails she received. He then shared his correct email address with her, after which she began bombarding him with up to “50 emails a day”.
During December 2014, Hrithik had a series of communications with the Mumbai police about the “bogus” email ID.
On March 5, 2016, days before the news of the legal notices emerged, Hrithik once again sent a request to the Mumbai police, urging them to “trace the imposter who was communicating with people through a bogus ID”.
Kangana’s legal notice, however, contends that the email ID in question is real and that Hrithk himself had created it to communicate with her. It further states that “he was not serious about his complaint and that he first approached the police only seven months after she mentioned it to him at Karan Johar’s birthday party in May 2014”.
A report published in DNA on Thursday also states that Hrithik was aware that the issue with Kangana would take a legal turn, and had a “closed door meeting with top officials of the Mumbai police”, where he handed over all his correspondence with the actress to them.