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After Karan Johar, Bipasha Basu accuses someone of using ‘victim card’

The actress has rubbished the allegations of being 'unprofessional' levelled by the India-Pakistan London Fashion Show organisers. 

Keyur Seta

Actress Bipasha Basu was recently slammed by the event organisers of India-Pakistan London Fashion Show for allegedly not fulfilling her commitment of participating in the event.

In a long Facebook post, Ronita Sharma Rekhi, from the organisers’ team, accused the actress of demanding an extended stay not just for her, but also her husband, actor Karan Singh Grover. But as they had to shift to another hotel and the SIM card she was given had only five pounds recharge, she skipped the event completely. 

Sunny Surani, a member from the event management company associated with the show, said that they will be try to get the actress banned from working in the United Kingdom henceforth. 

Now, Basu has hit back at the organisers in an open letter in a daily. She has rubbished all allegations and accused the organisers of not honouring the agreed terms and conditions. She also said that the organisers are playing the ‘victim card.’ 

Read her entire open letter below:

"While a lot has been said about my association with the recent London Fashion Show, I feel that I need to speak my mind at this juncture.I do believe that it is important to be true to yourself and your principles.

I have always fought my own battles, and though I don't choose to fall to their level, I need to set the record straight. While a few hiccups are bound to happen in our line of work, I have never been privy to such baseless and cheap name slandering.

Initially I was amused that the defaulters are playing the victim card and making up ridiculous stories to save their back and putting me in the wrong but now I'm shocked that certain segments of the media too have supported them and people are wrongly using social media as a weapon of mass attack. Also to be noted that these are first time producers in London.

To set the record straight - The deal was made with a set of agreed conditions. However, when I landed there for the project as planned, I realised that the organisers hadn't honoured their end of the bargain. In spite of confirming with my manager that they had.

I had agreed to travel on a hospitality deal but never was I treated so badly. My self-respect holds the highest value and I refuse to be a victim of bullying or arm twisting. They expected me to hold true to my end of the bargain, whereas they had completely defaulted at their end. Using the fact that my name had already been publicised.

Contrary to rumours, as soon as I landed in London, we made our own hotel bookings and I also immediately rebooked our own travel. Being a part of the Bollywood fraternity, I've never experienced such a callous and high-handed treatment before. So instead of creating a scene there, I chose to keep the high ground and backed off from the event.

I understand that some people were inadvertently hurt by my actions, but I believe we all have the right to stand by our self-respect and choose to walk away from humiliating situations.

There are no free lunches in this world and everyone needs to be compensated for the work they do and when the terms and conditions aren’t met, it is only natural and professional to opt out of the deal.

Additionally, what has been reported about my manager is uncalled for. She received some disheartening news of her family and was upset, as opposed to the ridiculous reasons being reported.

I hope this puts an end to all speculation.

While I do understand that celebrities are public figures and are constantly under scrutiny, at the same time they are soft targets for anyone to accuse and then be written about. I hope everyone makes a wiser judgement as opposed to believing just about anything that gets written."