The Manikarnika star Kangana Ranaut has vowed to return her Padma Shree award – one of the highest civilian awards given by the government of India – if she fails to testify her claims on the death of Sushant Sing Rajput.
Speaking to Republic TV, the Queen actor said: “I am telling you, if I have said anything, which I can’t testify, which I can’t prove, and which is not in the public domain, I will return my Padma Shri. I don’t deserve it.”
Ranaut has been one of the most vocal artists of the Tinsel Town to raise her voice against the injustices in Bollywood. Sushant Singh Rajput’s death has invoked a new wave of an anti-oppression movement against the ‘Bollywood Mafias’ – a group of well-to-do directors and actors who have the final say in a lot of matters.
“I am not that person who will go on record (to make such statements), and everything that I have said is in public domain,” Ranaut said.
Speaking to Republic TV, the actor revealed Mumbai Police summoned her when she was in Manali. Mumbai Police under public pressure has lodged an investigation on Sushant Singh Rajput’s death and has till now probed many high-profile Bollywood faces including Sanjay Leela Banshali among others.
Kangana said she told Mumbai Police to arrange someone locally in Manali to record her statement but till now she has not heard from the cops, Filmbeat reports.
Rauant in her conversation to Arnab Goswami said: “Why is Mumbai Police not summoning – Aditya Chopra, Mahesh Bhatt, Karan Johar, Rajeev Masand?” She even slammed actor Alia Bhatt and Ananya Pandey saying “their whole existence is proof of nepotism.”
Actor Sushant Singh Rajput committed suicide on June 14th at his Bandra apartment in Mumbai. According to media reports, his body was discovered from his Bandra home in front of some of his friends in the early morning after the actor became unresponsive to calls.