Mumbai: Ever since the infamous brawl between actor Saif Ali Khan and NRI Iqbal Sharma took place at Taj Hotel on Tuesday, actress Kareena Kapoor has maintained a stoic silence over the entire issue.
The actress was spotted exiting Saif’s residence on Wednesday but had refused to comment on the issue at that time. Kareena, along with Amrita Arora and Malaika Arora, was present at the restaurant on that fateful night. While Malaika came out in full support of Saif, Kareena opened up to a daily only on Thursday.
Speaking to the daily, Bebo said, “I haven`t spoken about what happened that night, but now I feel I should because whatever is being said is completely one-sided. This man (Iqbal Sharma) is publicity-hungry. How can a man with a broken nose and jaw speak continuously on TV for more than 10 hours?
Saif was provoked. He`s a thorough gentleman and would never get into a brawl, especially with women around.
We were having dinner at Wasabi (a restaurant in Mumbai) when Iqbal stormed into our corner and started screaming at us. The only people present at that time were Sharma`s group and ours. We were laughing and talking, but certainly not screaming! There was no reason for this man to come to our table and shout at Saif. Even so, Saif said sorry but he continued to rant.”
The actress also claimed that Iqbal’s wife Tarina had initially come and acknowledged Malaika as the two knew each other. “He (Iqbal) is saying he didn`t know that there were actors present at the table. But his wife Tarina and Malaika had greeted each other just a little while before! The funny thing is when Tarina saw her husband making a scene, instead of stopping him she got into the lift and ran away!”
Kareena also said that Saif was pushed by Iqbal and the actor did not hit Sharma’s father-in-law as was alleged.
“Iqbal pushed Saif and the old man joined in. When Shakeel (Ladak) and Bilal (Amrohi) saw this, they came to his rescue. Saif is very respectful towards seniors and he knows how to behave in public places. I am not saying this because I am in a relationship with him. It`s a fact,” said Kareena.
“We were witness to what happened and this is a sure case of Saif being targeted because of his celebrity status. It`s disgusting!” added the actress.