Bollywood filmmaker Karan Johar once again takes a potshot at Kangana Ranaut during an interview. Earlier, Karan Johar and Kangana Ranaut have been embroiled in what seems like a war of words. Let’s take a look at what Karan Johar said about Kangana…
It seems that filmmaker Karan Johar never leaves an opportunity to talk about actress Kangana Ranaut. In his latest interview also, Karan took a dig at Kangana.
Karan Johar said, “I felt like I was attacked, she was the missile and I was the target. I was not being nepotistic or sexist, I was just like she has her opinion and she is giving her thoughts.”
Karan added, “She clearly learned those 12 lines and came and they were wonderful. Even I learn my lines for any interview, these are not criticism.”
Apart from taking dig at Kangana, Karan stated, “She had an opinion, she is an exceptional talent and I have always said that. She has her opinion and she said it. Two weeks later, I was given a platform and I said what I had to. I don’t know what to say, what she meant, whereas I have never crossed paths with her beyond here and there. She decided to choose me, to make her point which is fine.”
Earlier, Karan Johar had criticised Kangana Ranaut for constantly playing the “victim card”, and blaming Bollywood for terrorising her.
When Kangana appeared on Johar’s celebrity talk show she called him the “flag-bearer of nepotism”.
“I am done with Kangana playing the woman card and the victim card. I am done,” Johar said during a session with Anupama Chopra at London School of Economics, India Forum.
Hitting back at Karan, Kangana said, “I use every card possible. At the workplace, it’s the badass card to fight cutthroat competition.”
Kangana added, “With my family and loved ones, it’s the love card. When fighting the world, it’s the dignity card, and for a seat in a bus, it’s the woman card. What is important to understand is that we are not fighting people, we are fighting a mentality. I am not fighting Karan Johar, I am fighting male chauvinism.”
On an episode of ‘Koffee With Karan’, Kangana said “Johar would be perfect to play the role of a “stereotypical Bollywood biggie who is snooty and completely intolerant to outsiders. Flag-bearer of nepotism. The movie mafia” in her biopic if it is ever made.”
Karan Johar said Kangana’s remarks about him promoting nepotism in the film industry doesn’t hold true for him, adding that she made “sweeping statements” to make an impact.
In a befitting reply, Kangana said, “I can’t speak for Karan Johar’s understanding of nepotism. If he thinks that it is restricted to nephews, daughters and cousins, I have nothing to say.”
Kangana also stated, “But, to say that he chose not to give me work is to mock an artiste. As importantly, his memory appears to be poor because we worked together in a movie (Ungli), which was produced by him. And quickly realised our sensibilities did not match.”
“I’m also at a loss to understand how he gave me a platform by inviting me to be on his show,” said Kangana.
Kangana also stated, “I’ve been on several platforms before with several global icons. To say he helped me voice my opinions is to discredit me as an artiste and a public personality. And, I think, it should be added here that I was invited to be a part of the show in its fifth season. His team requested my team for months for my dates.” (BCCL)
She said, “But what is pertinent here is: why is Karan Johar trying to shame a woman for being a woman? What is this about the ‘woman card’ and the ‘victim card’? This kind of talk is demeaning to all women, particularly the vulnerable because they are the ones who really need to use them.”
Kangana added, “The ‘woman card’ might not help you become a Wimbledon champ, or win you Olympic medals, or bag National awards. It might not even land you a job, but it can get a pregnant woman who feels her water is about to break a ‘ladies’ seat on a crowded bus. It can be used as a cry for help when you sense a threat. The same goes for the ‘victim card’, which women like my sister, Rangoli, who is a victim of an acid attack, can use while fighting for justice in court.”
Kangana further said, “What is important to understand is that we are not fighting people, we are fighting a mentality. I am not fighting Karan Johar, I am fighting male chauvinism.”
Now that Karan is the father of a little daughter (Johar became a single parent of twins, who were born through surrogacy last month), he should provide her with all these cards — the ‘woman card’ and the ‘victim card’, as also the ‘self-made-independent-woman card’, and the ‘badass card’ that I flashed on his show. We will use whatever we need to ensure no one rocks our boat.
“I’m also a little surprised at the “graciousness” he says he displayed in choosing to not edit the jousty bits on the show,” said Kangana.
She said, “While I’d have blacklisted the channel if something like that had happened, let’s also remember that a channel wants TRPs, and he is just a paid host.”
Kangana mentioned, “Also, the Indian film industry is not a small studio given to Karan by his father when he was in his early 20s. That is just a small molecule.”
Kangana had said she wants to maintain a balance between lighter roles and hard-hitting stories like the Rani Lakshmibai biopic by Ketan Mehta.
Kangana said, “The industry belongs to every Indian and is highly recommended for outsiders like me whose parents were too poor to give me a formal training. I learnt on the job and got paid for it, using the money to educate myself in New York. He is nobody to tell me to leave it. I’m definitely not going anywhere, Mr Johar.”
The star is now looking forward to the release of “Simran,” directed by Hansal Mehta. The comedy film will see her in the role of a Gujarati NRI. (BCCL)
Kangana is the current industry favourite, but the actress prefers not to mingle around much with other Bollywood celebrities. (BCCL)
The National award-winning star says she does not rely on any person to get over a low phase. (BCCL)
The 29-year-old star, whose performance in films like ‘Queen’ and ‘Tanu Weds Manu Returns’, has cemented her position as a great performer in the industry, says her aim is to constantly improve her craft. (BCCL)
The actress says she is very ambitious. (BCCL)
She said: “Even today after winning three National Awards if people feel I’m not good enough, I’m not going to succumb to the mind set. And I do feel that when you’ve suffered a setback, your dignity as a worker and your pride as a woman is really vulnerable to attacks.” (BCCL)
The actress said that she has made a conscious decision “that you will never be good enough for the world”. (PTI)
After facing a setback with the failure of “Rangoon”, actress Kangana Ranaut says people have a tendency to encash on someone else’s failure, and now think that she will lower her price after the box office debacle.