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"I have been in the industry for 3 years now and have seen and been a part of some really nasty reporting. But this one just reaches the ultimate depth. It is horrific to read something like this when all you wish to do is move on further in your career," one finds Geeta Basra in an inconsolable mood as she fumes. Reason? After a couple of attempts being made by a section of media linking her with cricketer Harbhajan Singh, a leading tabloid in yesterday's edition went to the extent of creating a news around both, which Geeta claimed was truly malicious.
"How could this journalist write something on the tune of 'Geeta spotted entering Harbhajan's room in a hotel'? Didn't she see other people around me? Did she peek into the room to see what these individuals were doing? Sorry, you can be naughty but certainly not cheesy! And if you ask me, this is downright cheap," says Geeta in a bitter tone.
Wasn't she informed about such an article coming out? "In fact I was and that surprises me even more", reacts Geeta, "When she called me to know the truth behind me seen entering Bhajji's room, I told her that he was a friend and we do meet on a number of occasions. Also, I asked her to check out the entire group of friends that I was with along with my family members too. However, the worst part is that she not just conveniently ignored everyone other than me and Bhajji, she also chose to ignore whatever I had quoted on the records. Come on, you can't be making stories spicy at the cost of other person's reputation and image."
Talking about the chat that she had immediately after the incident, Geeta admits that Bhajji wanted her to chill without worrying too much about the write-up, "He said that such things just come and go and it hardly matters to people who are close to you and understand you. Though he was relaxed about it, I can't get something like this over my mind."
"I may come from UK and be forward thinking but this doesn't mean that my upbringing and attitude should be taken an advantage of. If I had a boyfriend, I won't hide him in a closet. But such below the belt maligning doesn't fly at all," Geeta gives warning signals here.
Making her displeasure loud and clear, she adds on a parting note, "Just because you have a pen and a paper in your hands doesn't mean you can go round writing whatever you wish. That's irresponsible on the part of this journalist. And I am not blaming the media here since it isn't as if everyone has suddenly planned to gang up against me. However, when one or two individuals like these threaten to take the things too far, I am bound to react."