"It was so blown out of proportion"
Emraan Hashmi has opened up on the ‘media trial’ his Chehre co-star Rhea Chakraborty was subjected to in 2020.
Following Sushant Singh Rajput’s death, Rhea was accused of being responsible for his death and misappropriating his funds.
This fuelled media scrutiny against the actress.
Rhea even spent a month in prison for her alleged role in a drugs-related case that was connected to Sushant’s death.
Rhea denied the allegations and filed a countersuit against Sushant’s sisters.
Emraan Hashmi has now spoken about what his co-star went through, saying it was “completely uncalled for and very unfair”.
He explained: “It was so blown out of proportion, this almost media trial that was conducted, was according to me, so lame.
“You almost destroyed a family’s life, right? The entire family.
“For what? Some conjecture, and some assumptions about something that happened.”
Emraan Hashmi went on to say that while some media publications continue with unbiased reporting, others are quick to pin a guilty verdict.
He continued: “While we keep that aside and do what is called actual reporting, there are some portals that do that.
“But if everybody got down to understanding the ethics of that, and everyone followed those ground rules, I think this world would be a better place.
“Because as common sense prevails, you’ve got to understand, there is a judicial system. Its sole purpose is to do this.
“So why does a portion of the media come down with a guilty verdict on someone?”
Rhea was not in any promotional content for Chehre until recently.
The film, which also stars Amitabh Bachchan, is set to release in theatres on August 27, 2021.
Director Rumy Jafry has frequently spoken in defence of Rhea. He previously said that he is certain that audiences have swayed in support of her.
He said: “I don’t think the film will suffer because of Rhea’s personal life controversy.
“I will admit that I felt it would have affected the film, had it released last year.
“Everyone knows what a furore the media caused with the whole Sushant Singh Rajput case and Rhea’s arrest.
“Last year, she was a ‘witch’, a ‘golddigger’ and whatnot; this year she was declared as the ‘most desirable woman’.
“This shows there has been a change in the perception of people.
“So, I really don’t feel the film will have an adverse effect because of what happened with Rhea last year.”