Karan Johar answers Kangana Ranaut’s nepotism charge: Kangana, if you’re so terrorised by the industry, leave it! Watch Video

In a strongly worded answer, Karan Johar has said that he is done with Kangana Ranaut playing the ‘victim card and the women card’.

Written by Komal RJ Panchal | Mumbai | Updated: March 6, 2017 4:31 pm
Karan Johar, Kangana Ranaut, Kangana Ranaut nepotism, Kangana Ranaut films, Karan Johar kangana ranaut, Karan Johar news Karan Johar said Kangana Ranaut cannot always play the victim.

Not only Bollywood, but also the whole of India was taken by surprise when Kangana Ranaut called Karan Johar, the ‘flag bearer of nepotism’ on Johar’s chat show, Koffee With Karan season 5. Everybody has been wondering why Karan Johar, who generally speaks his mind, did not react to such serious allegations.

However, it seems Karan Johar has finally spoken about this issue in an interview taken by Anupama Chopra at the London School of Economics. Here’s what he said, “She was my guest and I had to hear what she said. She has the right to have an opinion but when she says ‘flag bearer of nepotism’, what I want to say is I don’t think she has understood the entirety of that statement because what is nepotism? Am I working with my son, daughter or nephew? What about those 15 filmmakers who are not from the film industry? No one will talk about Tarun Mansukhani, Shakun Batra, Shashank Khaitan or a Punit Malhotra, who is a costume designer’s nephew, who came from no film background. You give these people a film career and I think that is the reverse of nepotism but that of course one would not get credit for. As far as actors are concerned, I have launched just two of them i.e. Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan. Sidharth Malhotra was just 1/3rd of them and had nothing to do with the movies. So I really didn’t get what she meant (sic).”

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Watch | Karan Johar’s response to Kangana Ranaut calling him a ‘Flag-bearer of nepotism’

He also went ahead and spoke a bit about how Kangana should leave the industry if she continuously feels victimised, by saying, “What does she mean by ‘movie mafia’? What does she think we are doing? Sitting here and not giving her work? Is that what makes us mafia? We do that by our choice. I do that because may be I am not interested to work with Kangana and that does not make me movie mafia, it makes me a man with an opinion. I appreciate that she had a great perspective and everyone lauded her for coming on my show. People said ‘she gave it off to Karan’ and I would say of course, but I was gracious enough to keep everything. I cut none of it and I do edit so much of stuff from the show. I was like let the world see her opinion. I gave her the platform to speak and now this is my platform so here I am speaking what I want to. I want to conclude by saying I am done with Kangana playing the woman card and the victim card. You can’t be a victim at every point of time who has a sad story to say as to how you have been terrorised by the bad world of industry. If that’s the case, leave it (sic),” said Johar.

Also read | Koffee With Karan Season 5: Queen Kangana Ranaut and Nawab Saif Ali Khan keep the show royal till the end, see pics

Watch | Father Karan Johar Introduces Roohi, Yash To The World


Karan Johar has been in news from last couple of days, first when he announced the birth of his twins through surrogacy and now this statement on Kangana.

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  1. R
    Mar 6, 2017 at 12:16 pm
    Leave India go to stan is intolerance. lt;br/gt;This is not intolerance. Would Ms De speak up now? Or Ms Sehgal?lt;br/gt;Double standards.
    1. R
      Mar 7, 2017 at 1:13 am
      cousin Karan: You are responsible for nepotism; you need to promote non filmy family people produce new stars form the dust! Aakhir Kamal ka phool keechad se hi nikalta hai!
      1. G
        Global Hindu
        Mar 6, 2017 at 7:26 pm
        Have we noticed the similarity in Trump's supporter and Karan Johar languagelt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;"Go back to your country" lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;vslt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;"Kangana, if you’re so terrorised by the industry, leave it! "lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Just my observation.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;-
        1. P
          Piara Singh
          Mar 6, 2017 at 4:18 pm
          Kangna has her opinion and i respect her.Mr. Johar has a right to his opinion and i respect that too.But saying i have done with her is very childish.My wife and family criticize me and vice versa.What can we say to each others that we have done with it.Kangna is right.It is a well known fact as what is happening in Boliwood.Though partially Mr. Johar admit what Kangana has said.Mr. Johar should have said let me see how i can improve it and the public would have appreciated.
          1. Binay Mahanta
            Mar 6, 2017 at 3:40 pm
            Dear Karan Johar, You're a great director coming from a filmy background. Kangana is a great actor, but she is an outsider. She is much younger than you. If she is accusing you of something you should really laugh about it and may be respond with positivity, rather than screaming at her. It seems you got unnerved by her accusations. Is there any truth to what she pointed at?lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;It is an open secret that Salman has a big group in Bollywood and he can make or break someone acting career. There was another group with Shahrukh, Karan and Farah Khan at one time. Do you disagree? lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;It is also true that actors like Aamir Khan is not part of any group and he is derided by many because of that.
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