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Karan Johar: “KKHH is the Most Politically Incorrect Film”

Karan Johar has reflected on reactions on his debut and celebrated film, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai as well as breaking his silence on the ‘Udta Bollywood’ controversy.

KJo opened up about the film whist in a conversation at Indian Film Festival of Melbourne, to celebrate 20 years of the blockbuster.

“KKHH is the most politically incorrect film. I remember (actress) Shabana Azmi saw the film somewhere in the UK and she called me. She was aghast,” he recalled, according to an Indian news daily.

adding: “She told me, ‘what have you shown? That a girl has short hair, so she’s not attractive, and now her hair is long and she’s pretty? What do you have to say to this?’ I said I’m sorry.

She said, ‘what? that’s all you have to say?’ I said yes because I know you’re right.”

Recently, the director was in murky waters after MLA Manjinder Singh Sirsa accused Karan of hosting and flaunting a Bollywood party in which celebrities appeared (according to Sirsa) in a “drugged state.”

The MLA posted the open letter on social media and addressed it to Johar as well as Deepika Padukone, Vicky Kaushal, Varun Dhawan, Ranbir Kapoor and Shahid Kapoor.

In a recent interview, Karan Johar opened up about the allegations and negated all the claims.

He said that if the drugs were indeed used, why would he recorded it and shared online:

“There were achieving members of the industry who were having an easy night out after a hard week of work, having a good time.

I took that video with all the earnestness… would I be putting out that video if there was anything happening at all, I am not stupid.”

Talking about the allegations on Vicky Kaushal of using powder, the Student Of The Year director said:

“Apparently you are not allowed to scratch your nose. Apparently, you are not allowed to put your phone in your back pocket.

 Apparently, a shadow of light is perceived to be some kind of powder.”

He further explained that Vicky was apparently recovering from dengue and drinking hot water and lemon:

“My mother, 5 minutes before this video, was sitting with us.

It was that kind of a family, happy, social gathering, where friends were sitting and having a good time and we were listening to some music, having some good food and having good conversational energy there.

There was nothing else going on.”

Calling the accusations baseless, Karan said that he thought about reacting to the claims but then he decided to react at all:

“I don’t react very well to these baseless accusations because that’s what they were, baseless.”

Not reacting to the accusations doesn’t mean the filmmaker is not going to do anything in future:

“I told them also… I am not taking this very kindly, the next time where baseless accusations, I will take the legal route.

You cannot mar our solid reputations, our sincere reputations our committed reputations just because you are presuming something.

You cannot put out a baseless accusation that has no base, no fact, no truth, no reality and try and mar us and our reputations, it’s ridiculous.”

Sirsa had even requested the Mumbai Police to file an FIR against the celebrities under the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act 1985.

Further updates to follow. 

Anuj Radia
Journalist and film enthusiast.

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