Poonam Yadav speaks,
“Ismail Darbar and Ayesha Darbar (Ismail"s wife) has been my pillar of strength and support. I am from a very poor family and they gave me money, bought my clothes and treated me like one of their own children. Every Id and Diwali, I would get clothes like their kids and when I had no money, they would take care. If I wanted to eat something, Ayesha would prepare the dish for me.“
Further she speaks, “The last few months, I was so stuck with financial trouble that I did not see it right contacting my mentors as I did not want the call to be mistaken as a call for help. I have to stand on my own now and make my future and not trouble Ismail or Ayesha Darbar with my problems. It was one day when I was upset and tired after spending sleepless nights on my financial troubles when I took an overdose of sleeping pills to sleep, not realizing the severity of it. I woke up two days later at the hospital to see Sir"s name being dragged into an alleged controversy not even an alphabet of which was true. Couldn"t the so-called journalists have waited for two days for me to regain consciousness? At least they could have talked to my doctor if not me!"
“It is people who write things like this. I was depressed due to poor financial conditions and the fact that my house fell in land which would be taken away by the government when I had just spent a lot to make it pucca, This is a lot for a girl like me who has to shoulder a lot of burden from childhood. It is appalling that the junta gets to read lies from two senseless so-called journalists who misused their pen to malign my character. Didn"t they even think twice about penning such cheap things about my mentor and me? If not as tabloid journalists, at least as women, they should have thought twice."
Poonam Yadav ex-contestant of Sa Re Ga Ma Pa 2007 is angry at her character assassination by the tabloid and fiery when she stands by Ismail Darbar refuting the baseless accusation.