While Karan Johar is incessantly trying to bring the lady down, who is an outsider in the film-industry and doesn’t belong to his circle of royal khandaans of Bollywood, Kangana Ranaut is leaving no stone unturned to show him the mirror with utter truth.
Bold and confident Kangana baffled Johar as she scrutinised him as a snooty biggie bollywood director who is a flag bearer of nepotism on his own show. Johar laughed to her words on the show, showing no sense of being offended. But the remarks surely didn’t go well with him as in his address at London School of Economics quipped that Kangana maybe doesn’t know the meaning of nepotism. He further exclaimed that he was fed up of seeing her play the ‘woman card’ and ‘victim card’, and asked her to leave Bollywood if she didn’t like the way it functions.
Owing to this battle of barbs, debates on all mass media platforms has waged to inspecting prevalence of nepotism and whose stance is right and wrong.
Known to take no shit and false accusations, Kangana has given yet again a befitting reply to KJo, one of the most influential producers and directors of Bollywood. In an interview to Mumbai Mirror, Kangana retorted all his accusations with upright confidence and logic. Here’s what she 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. 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. (Johar had said that he gave Ranaut a platform to “give it off to Karan”.) 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. (Johar’s talk show made its debut in 2004). His team requested my team for months for my dates”, she said retrospectively.
Targeting Johar for his ‘woman card’ and ‘victim card’ remark, the diva 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. 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.
“ 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”, diva voiced.
“Now that Karan is the father of a little daughter, 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. 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.
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. 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”