That's what got Saif offended?
Of course! He hit my father. My father is a gentle doctor. He saves lives. How would your daughter react if he saw you hit? I am hurt beyond reason by what happened. And to now have Kareena say I'm doing this for publicity!
But are you any part of Bollywood any longer? I do come here and do a part now and then. I'm right now working in Priyadarshan's 'Malamaal Weekly 2'. I've earlier done his 'Bhool Bhulaiya'. I do a lot of work in South Africa and come here for work when I can. But that's not the point. I am not in this for publicity. If I was I'd have spoken to a thousand journalists who have tried to get in touch since the incident. I chose to remain in the shadows, took calls on my hudband's behalf handing it to him. I was playing the phone operator. No, the good wife. Okay, thanks. I am glad you said that. And then how can Bebo turn around and say I am doing this for publicity? It just shows the calibre of these people. They are all about media and publicity.
Kareena has said that you fled the scene when the brawl happened?
Ha ha.Right. Everything happened so suddenly I couldn't even move from where we were. When it happened we called security. The ladies with that person (Saif) have said I didn't intervene. I am sorry we have not been brought up to deal with public brawls.
Kareen also wonders how a man with a broken nose can talk for ten hours?
Because my husband talks through his mouth, not his nose. Also, my dear, it's for justice. And we're going to go all the way with this. Now the matter is in the hands of the lawyers. I want justice to be done, no matter what it takes. Saif has gone on television to apologize. That isn't the same as apologizing to my father and husband. He claims to be apologetic and yet the ladies are slandering me.
Apparently eyewitnesses say Saif threw the first punch?
I am glad there are honest people out there. The Taj hotel is a magnificent place and it's a favourite of my husband and me. That hasn't changed. A visual byte shows Saif in a torn green shirt. I remember he was wearing a light neutral colour. I am not sure. What really baffles is, why did he run away? Apparently he was hurt on the eye? No one hit him.
Do you fear ostracization from the film industry?
Not at all. I did what I had to after the incident without caring. We went to the hospital. From there we went to the police station. I didn't sit and plot and plan my action. I was just looking at my father and my husband and their hurt and stunned faces.There was no time to think.
You don't fear a Bollywood boycott?
I've my integrity. If I didn't the course of my careeer in Bollywood would have been different. I don't need money from Bollywood to support myself or my family. I come from a very wealthy family. I don't do films for money. I do it because I've a strong creative streak. I actually come from a medical background. So they can bar me from Bollywood. You think I care? But I won't sell my soul to get little films after what they did to my family. I'm willing never to work in this industry. But I won't allow what was done to my father and husband to go unpunished.
Have you had any support from Bollywood?
In copious amounts. You'd be surprised at how many people from the industry have come forward in our support, has offered to support me all the way. Please go ahead and quote on everything. This is my first and last interview on the issue.