Aditya Pancholi’s wife Zarina Wahab usually keeps away from media limelight. She is busy with her chat show on celebrities, Koshish Se Kamyabi Tak on DD1 and currently shooting for a cooking oil brand in Hyderabad. After that, she was taking a break with her sister when she happened to read a Google alert on Kangana Ranaut’s revelations on a television show last week. Kangana had said, “I'm a year younger than his daughter (Sana). I was a minor. For me, this was all very new - the world that I had come into. I remember going to his wife and meeting her, and I'm like 'Please save me! I'm younger than your daughter. I'm a minor and I can't tell my parents.” But Zarina reportedly told Kangana, "For me, the greatest relief is that he doesn't come home anymore. Kangana says, "So then, I was like who is going to help me now? If I go to the cops, my parents are going to take me back and I didn't know which is worse because then there's no way out.”
But Zarina, who had decided to keep silent till now, is very upset about a couple of things that Kangana has said. She breaks her silence since the controversy erupted to speak exclusively to Pinkvilla...
Speaking to us from Hyderabad, Zarina tells us, “I was just going through some stories on my mobile and I read Kangana has said ‘She (Zarina) used to treat her (Kangana) like a daughter…” This is completely untrue! When I knew she was dating my husband how can I say she’s like my daughter? That is ridiculous! Usually, I don’t react to such things but these two things have been really upsetting! I was very upset when I read it! She was dating my husband (Aditya) for four-and-a-half-years so how can I say that she’s like my daughter? Impossible! On national television, she’s going on saying that she’s (Kangana) is like my daughter (Sana)… What nonsense is Kangana talking about?”
Kangana also said she came to Zarina for help and she refused to give it. “Yeh toh sawaal hi nahi hota hai yaar! (There is no question of this happening) Agar meri husband ko date kar rahi hai, toh mere paas kaise aayegi? (If she is dating my husband how can she come to me? Bolnewali ko bhi akkal honi chahiye! (People who talk like this should have some brains). I met Kangana a few times because my husband wanted me to take her to meet Sanjay Leela Bhansali so I took her there. First of all, I never discuss my problems with my own sisters so who is she (Kangana) to me that I will go and discuss with her that if he’s not coming home I will be happy. What nonsense is she talking about? I should not say anything about her. These things are really bugging me! Mein itni bhi bewakoof nahi hoon (I am not that stupid) to treat her like my daughter! Mein kya aankhon mein patti daal ke duniya ghoomti hoon mein? Am I going around blindfolded, oblivious to the goings-on in the world? I know what happened but I don’t react to that and that’s a different thing. Sabka life deal karne ke liye alag tareeka hota hai, mera bhi alag hai (Everybody has a different way of dealing with life and my way is different from others). I read this on Google alert and I reacted. Otherwise, I am the last person to react.”
Zarina says she doesn’t want to get into a full-fledged discussion countering Kangana’s allegations. “Agar mein bhi aisa bolne lagoon toh uss ke aur hamare beech fadak kya rahega (If I start talking like her then what is the difference between her and me)? I will only say one thing – Bhagwan ne uss ko jo bhi past tha uss ka who, uss ka woh bhi jaanti hai, hum bhi jaante hai. Lekin uski kitna achchi position hai, I wish she had behaved in a more dignified manner… (Whatever past she had, we know and she knows about it, but today considering the successful position she is in, I wish she had behaved in a more dignified manner). Mera ek hi baat hai, ki uss ko position mili hai, uss position ka faayda achchi tarah se uthana chahiye, ye galat tareeka se uthane ka koi matlab nahin (The position that she is in today, she should not use that in a wrong way that but use it in a good and positive one). If she had behaved in a more dignified way, I would have liked it. I don’t want to counter any allegations. What else can I say about it? If she found Aditya to be such a bad person why was she with him? They were together for four-and-a-half years. When I first started hearing what she was saying I felt bad for her actually. This is not the time that she should talk. Abhi kya bol sakte hai… Woh apne marzi ki khud maalik hai… Aaj tak meine kabhi kisi ka bura chaha…”
Zarina has never been much to talk about anything ever since she became an actress. She agrees, “I have been like this right from the beginning. I have never thought or spoken negatively about anybody. Ups and downs come in everybody’s lives but one has to take it in a positive way. Jitna bura nahi hai toh aapko utna bura lagega. It’s not in my nature to say bad things about anybody and that’s why Aditya’s friends tell me – Bhabhi aap jaise log banane ke baad, aise log banana Allah miyan ne chod diya… (Laughs). (After making good people like you, God has stopped making such people).”
One feels that instead of raking up the past, Kangana should focus on promoting on her film Simran, which has good content. Zarina laughs, “I think she is promoting her film only. Aisa nahin karna chahiye (she should not say such things). What is the point of digging up 14-15-year-old stuff, uss waqt ki baat hai… Jab woh aaye thi, struggler thi, woh sabka pata hai and I don’t want to talk about it. Woh baat ka abhi baat karne ka matlab hi nahi hai… We don’t want to say anything right now because whatever we say will affect her film as it’s going to release soon so let things be for now. When the right time comes we will talk.”