“It’s a good story”

Himanshu Malik had gained immense popularity with his appearance in the 2001 film, Tum Bin. The romantic drama, written and directed by Anubhav Sinha, became a hit, and he along with fellow cast members Raqesh Bapat, Priyanshu Chatterjee and Sandali Sinha. Now, in a recent interview, he exposed the dark side of the film industry, and he revealed how a major magazine asked him to have an affair with a future actress to stay in the news.

In an interview with Navbharat Times, Himanshu Malik shared the details and revealed, “I got a glimpse of how the industry is soon after Tum Bin and it bothered me a lot. It was a time when magazines were huge. So I got a call from a huge magazine, asking me to have an affair. “If you’re having an affair with a future actress, that makes for a great story,” I was told.

He further added that they even offered to book a hotel room in Goa. He said: “I was shocked to realize such a thing was happening. I was told “Yes, no one becomes a star without publicity”. We’ll talk to one or two candidates, they’ll be as famous as you. We’ll even find you a room in Goa. You just go there and we are going to exhibit.

Himanshu Malik is now a director with Chitrakoot. In fact, he also wrote the movie, which was shot in 2018-19 and released on May 20. Chitrakoot is presented by Akbar Arabiyan Mojdeh and Mojtaba Movies. It features Auritra Ghosh, Vibhore Mayank, Naina Trivedi, Kiran Srinivas and Shruti Bapna in key roles.

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