Ajay Devgn claimed Karan Johar paid KRK to support his film. Here’s everything that has happened till now

Karan Johar's directorial Ae Dil hai Mushkil and Ajay Devgn-starrer Shivaay are set to clash at the box office.

Written by Mimansa Shekhar | New Delhi | Updated: September 4, 2016 7:01 pm
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October 28 is set to witness the biggest clash at the box office this year – Karan Johar’s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil vs Ajay Devgn’s Shivaay. And with the audience already divided between the two mega films, it’s too early to predict who will walk away with the biggest piece of cake. Understanding what happened during the last major clash, Mohenjo Daro and Rustom, and the way the latter swept through the entire profits, the producers of the two latest films getting sleepless nights is quite evident.

While Ajay Devgn-starrer Shivaay’s trailer received accolades, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’s 93-second teaser walked away with far more praise. The film stars Ranbir Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Anushka Sharma and Fawad Khan in important roles.

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Shivaay got thumbs up for its high octane action but ADHM stole the thunder for its intense storyline, sizzling chemistry between the lead trio and echoing title track. And while Karan Johar was cashing in on all the glory for his new directorial, Ajay Devgn came up with something unexpected. He accused KJo of manipulating the response to the teaser. How? He brought in self-proclaimed film critic Kamaal Rashid Khan aka KRK into the controversy, alleging Karan paid him Rs 25 lakh to promote ADHM.

Let’s begin from the start. Just when the nation was swooning by the first look of ADHM, KRK, infamous for his offensive comments on Twitter, began posting tweets thoroughly praising the posters and the teaser of the film. Everywhere he wrote about how impressive the film looked and how it is set to take down Shivaay completely on its release. Check out the tweets.

KRK even wrote something for Ajay Devgn directly.

While everything looked in place for Karan Johar’s next directorial film, hell broke loose! Reports began coming in that KRK had reportedly accepted Rs 25 lakh from KJo to badmouth Shivaay on social media. Backing it with a proof, Ajay Devgn posted an audio clip of an alleged telephonic conversation between Shivaay producer Kumar Mangat and KRK.

Also read: Is KRK so influential his tweets should worry National Award-winner Ajay Devgn?

Devgn later even issued a statement to confirm how KRK was dissing Shivaay, saying that the movie will falter against ADHM. He said, “I have been a part of the Indian film industry for the past 25 years and have been associated with over 100 films. My father was a professional action director and I have an emotional connection with this industry. It therefore pains me to see that people like Kamaal R Khan are holding the film industry to ransom by spreading negativity about films to extort money from producers. It is very sad that people from our own industry are supporting such elements and spoiling the ethos of the film industry. I would strongly demand that this be thoroughly investigated by competent authorities to clarify if Karan Johar was indeed involved in this.”

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Also read: KRK contradicting himself in explanations: Ajay Devgn

We have seen in the past how KRK slams his haters or anyone who points a finger at him. This time was no exception too. KRK, in his defence, wrote a series of tweets and said Karan never offered him any money. He even turned the tables and revealed that it was actually Devgn who offered him the same amount to bash ADHM, but he refused. Read some of the main tweets from the long chain.

Devgn has now demanded an investigation into the matter and how Karan allegedly paid the amount to KRK to give good reviews to ADHM, and speak bad about Shivaay. On his part, even KRK rejected all the accusations at a press conference and called the audio clip fake.

Also read: Ajay Devgn is using me to target Karan Johar: KRK

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Karan who has until now maintained a peaceful stand on the entire issue, finally broke his silence during recent Express Adda. Without divulging much, he said, “My self-respect, reputation, company reputation and my upbringing doesn’t allow me to dignify this question with a response.” Karan’s signature politically correct stand was indicative that he did not want to offend anyone, nor was he interested in becoming a part to the ugly controversy where even he has been tagged.

Read: #ExpressAdda Karan Johar on Ajay Devgn-KRK controversy: My upbringing doesn’t allow me to dignify this question with a response

While the two sides have remained silent since then, filmmaker Prakash Jha has come out in support of Ajay Devgn, who is a regular face in many of Jha’s films – Apaharan, Gangaajal, Raajneeti and Satyagraha.

Will this controversy end here or are we likely to see more fireworks before the two big starrers land on Diwali?