This is the second part of the Saloni Sharma interview that was published on Saturday.
Saloni Sharma agreed to give us an interview only if we did not sensationalise her version. The entrepreneur said that these few days haven't been easy for her or her family. In the first part of the interview, she clarified on a number of issues and here is the remaining interview PART II:-
How was Rahul as a person?
He was ambitious when we met first and became friends. I too was quite ambitious. He wanted to become an entrepreneur. He must have been nice for me to fall in love with him. However, after August I did not have the best for feelings for both of them, and understandably so. But then, I was not sitting and crying about it. You can’t crib about what is not in your hands.
Did you ever meet his family?
Yes, I did meet them at events. My family did not meet them though. Anyways, we were not heading towards marriage, so there was no need as such.
Would you describe Rahul as a flirt?
I feel a bit of healthy flirting happens in our age group. I don’t think I can pinpoint the extent of his flirtatiousness.
Some publications have written about how people from small-towns can’t handle success…
I don’t agree with that. You cannot pinpoint at a city, town or individual and say people from there can’t manage success. It depends on individual.
As per the media reports floating around, Rahul’s image has become of a conman and womanizer. Why do you think the other women gave him money?
I don’t know under what pretext he alleged managed to take money from them. I knew that I worked as hell for our events company. I don’t know what they were working for. I have no find if he was giving them drugs or not as being told in some sections. We started running in losses from start of 2013, and it wouldn’t be wrong to say that he was in a financial crunch.
How do you react to reports that you used to harass Pratyusha on regular basis?
After the February 11 showdown, I never went to her house or met her in public. Where would I beat her up? Moreover, why would she tolerate getting physically abused by me? If I did not meet from from February 11, how did she die of my torture? In fact, she was finalizing her wardrobe and jewellery for the wedding.
Some alleged that you showed her a knife?
It is hilarious. It is like the best script ever written. I want to find the person who said it and ask which knife was she talking about.
Did you ever have a fight?
Yes, once when she told me not to ask for the money.
The sum is quite huge. You agreed to take away the compliant quite easily?
That’s because they literally begged me to. They were like don’t file a case it will be a media circus. The two also said that how would I retrieve my money if they were behind bars.
They did a show, Power Couple quite recently. Did the payments improve post that?
He was paying me from August. Yes, I was upset and told him that after Power Couple he could be a little decent and pay me a little bit more. If he had paid then I would not be having loan issues. I heard about financial issues but frankly I was not interested in his personal or financial life.
Rahul has got the anticipatory bail. Did you have any idea about the problems between them?
I can’t understand why people assume that I knew everything. We had a fight, which had left no scope for any friendly conversation. I did not meet him and ask about his relationship and what was going on in his personal life. It was impossible to do so after how they behaved with me.
Why did Leena Dias take your name?
She has gone to Vikas Gupta, Kamya Punjabi, Rakhi Sawant and Dolly Bindra and painted this negative picture of me. She knew Pratyusha and me and she had an axe to grind against my name. Leena was working in our company and called herself Rahul’s rakhi sister. Her behaviour with him was unworthy of that of a sister. Leave that…she was absolutely useless as an employee. She was employed with us briefly and only wasted her time in office chit-chatting about her ex-es and how to handle them and partying was all she could think of. I told Rahul that is was a waste of money having someone like her on board. I did not sack her. He must have told her and she quit. I know where this spite is coming from. She is a wannabe actress who failed to get work and has done nothing in life. Leena spoke during the Ankit Tiwari case as well. When the sun is shining, she wants to bask in someone else’s glory. Behati hui Gangaa mein main bhi haath dho loon.
Is there anything you did like to clarify?
Yes, in this entire incident, I am also equally harassed, wronged and manipulated. I was thrown out of a relationship. It is illogical of me to have an affair with someone who was living-in, talking about his marriage and matching horoscopes. It was not only Pratyusha but Rahul also spoke about the wedding four-five days before the tragedy. I spoke only after giving my statement when the cops asked for it. People in the Bangur Nagar Police Station knew me from the February 11 incident. They knew I was equally harassed by them. Police told me they’ll call me only if I am needed. I had to give a statement because of the allegations that worsened by the fortnight.
Do you feel Sougata Mukherjee should also come out?
Why should she? A statement from her can’t solve the case. She is lucky she is not named as a reason or anything. I too would have stayed quiet if I wasn’t blamed in this way. I was termed as a co-conspirator and murderer so I had to speak out.
Did you ever hear about the nine-year-old kid?
I don’t know who this child is. I have never seen or heard about him. He never talked about his family. If I had the inkling or knowledge that he was apparently married with a kid, I would never date him. I am not interested in committed or married me.
There is a lot of talk that Rahul apparently hid his relationships from Pratyusha…
My father and I had told her and the parents about his ex-wife. She knew about me and her. There was no chance of her being in the dark. I did not want to say such things about her in the media now that she’s no one but she was an equal manipulator.
Can you define manipulator more clearly?
She threw me out of his life and told him to leave the company. They had a relationship behind my back. When I came to know her attitude was like it’s good you know, now get out from her. My father also told her about me but she was like he is my would-be husband and we are getting married. There is no place for Saloni now.
Did you ever try to win Rahul back?
No, it was over the day she spoke about marriage. Period.
Why do you think he left you so abruptly?
I don’t want to answer that.
Who all have reached out to you in this hour?
No one from the TV industry as such; I have a couple of actress friends who have been with me throughout this five-year-old saga. I don’t wish to name them. They know the chronology of events. I am shocked to see how I have been blamed. I expected people to be a little more intelligent and mature than this. Rakhi Sawant said I sent her a video, which plunged Pratyusha into extreme distress. Her number was blocked on my whatsapp for 10 months, how do I send a video then?
Were you shocked when Rahul hit you?
Yes, I did not expect him to become a puppet in her hands. It was really distressing.
So, the stories that people were unaware about you is false…
If her parents tell the police they were not aware of me, it would be a big lie.
Finally, what according to you prompted her to end her life?
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The harassment could have been anything or anyone but me. He said that he was partying with some other woman the night before and came home late. I don’t know which woman he brought home if he did. Rahul could have been with a few women that week but none of them were me. If it was my presence that made her end her life, it would be on February 12, 13 or 14.