I’m done with Kangana playing the victim card: Karan Johar

Filmmaker Karan Johar finally found the opportunity to open up on the issue of Kangana Ranaut accusing him of nepotism. The ‘Queen’ actress, known to be brutally honest, had called the ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ director ‘flag-bearer of nepotism’ and ‘intolerant’ towards outsiders in Bollywood, on his chat show ‘Koffee with Karan 5’. She also hinted about KJo running a ‘movie mafia’.

At that time, Karan took Kangana’s remarks with a pinch of salt, but speaking at an event at the London School of Economics, the filmmaker lashed out at the two-time National Award winning actress.

“She was my guest and I had to hear what she had to say. She has a right to have an opinion. When she says ‘flag bearer of nepotism’, I just want to say her, I am glad she knows what it all means. I don’t think she has understood the entire meaning of the term,” Karan said.

He added, “What is nepotism…am I working with my nieces, nephews, daughters, cousins? And what about those 15 filmmakers, who are not from the film industry, who I have launched and who did the movies. That we’re not going to talk about! Tarun Mansukhani, Puneet Malhotra, Shakun Batra, Shashank Khaitan… they all come from no film background. You give these people film careers and they have a platform to stand on and that’s the reverse of nepotism.”

Further hitting out at the ‘Tanu Weds Manu’ actress, Karan accused her of playing the victim card always. “I am done! You (Kangana) cannot be this victim every time and have a sad story to tell about how you’ve been terrorised by the bad world of the industry … leave it.”

The 44-year-old filmmaker also spoke about having launched star kids Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan in his directorial venture, Student of The Year (2012). “But that’s just two of them who I have introduced. Sidharth Malhotra is also one-third of the trio, and he had nothing to do with movies, so I didn’t get what she (Kangana) meant.”

“But when she said ‘movie mafia’, what does she mean? What does she think we are doing – sitting here and not giving her work? Is that what makes us a mafia? No, maybe that was my choice. At the end of the day, maybe I am not interested in working with her. That doesn’t make me movie mafia; that makes me a man with an opinion,” Karan said.