An old clip of Karan Johar discussing his attempt to “sabotage” Anushka Sharma‘s career is currently becoming viral online. In the video, he claims that before she was making her Bollywood debut with Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, he “wanted to murder” her career. He also apologizes to the actor, claiming that she was right when he saw her performance. Despite being a fun statement, the remarks have re-ignited the social media conversation around nepotism.
Karan Johar Wanted To Murder Anushka Sharma’s Career
‘I totally wanted to murder Anushka Sharma’s career’ – Karan Johar confesses to Rajeev Masand & Anupama Chopra in 2016. Said in jest, I’m sure, but still a worthy point in the raging insider-outsider debate. pic.twitter.com/8JNLp8Kyud
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Once, Karan Johar was sharing in an interview that he nearly “ruined” Anushka Sharma’s career. It was after he was requesting Aditya Chopra to not sign her for Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi. In addition, he also says that he was watching Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi grudgingly. It was because he wanted Sonam Kapoor to be in the movie. However, after seeing her in Band Baaja Baaraat, he was in surprise and was considering apologizing to her. Anushka Sharma, who was present opposite Shah Rukh Khan in the 2008 movie, was having a successful debut at the same time. Aditya Chopra directed the box office hit, which was a huge success.
Here’s What Karan Johar Says In the Viral Clip
In 2016, Karan was accompanying the Ae Dil Hai Mushkil cast members to the 18th MAMI Mumbai Film Festival. Additionally, he was sharing the stage with Aishwarya Rai and Anushka Sharma. They were interacting with Anupama Chopra and Rajeev Masand. Talking about Anushka, Karan said,
“I totally wanted to, completely murder Anushka Sharma’s career. Because when Aditya Chopra showed me her image, I was like, ‘no, no, mad or what, you signing her, you crazy! There is no need for you to sign this Anushka Sharma’. There was another lead actress at that time whom I wanted Adi to sign and I was totally behind the scene sabotaging her completely. The movie also I was reluctantly watching Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi.”
Additionally, he also shares how her performance in another film was changing his perception of her. He then adds,
“But when I saw Band Baaja Baaraat, I called her and I felt like I owed her an apology and a compliment. Apology because I felt so embarrassed that I would have actually ruined the graph of exceptional talent and secondly, a compliment because I thought she was amazing.”
Reactions Of Celebrities On The Viral Clip
Recently, Kangana shared the viral video on her Instagram story and took a sly dig at Karan. She wrote in Hindi,
“Ye Chacha Chaudhary ko bas yahi ek kaam hai”
Furthermore, reacting to the video, Apurva Asrani also shares on Twitter by writing,
“I totally wanted to murder Anushka Sharma’s career’ – Karan Johar confesses to Rajeev Masand & Anupama Chopra in 2016. Said in jest, I’m sure, but still a worthy point in the raging insider-outsider debate.”
Moving on, filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri’s reaction to the video was also in a similar tone. He adds,
“Someone’s only hobby is to make or break careers. If Bollywood is in the gutter, it’s because of some people’s dirty ‘backroom’ politics against talented outsiders.”
This video was out on social media a week after Priyanka Chopra was speaking out about how Bollywood “cornered” her. Johar is always a part of a variety of disputes over the years. Additionally, this frequently generates conversations and debates across the nation. Most lately, he is the subject of trolls who claim to be responsible for Priyanka Chopra’s forceful departure from the Indian film industry. However, all of this between Anushka and Karan Johar may only be a momentary cloud for them. Nevertheless, for rumor-mongers, this still makes for good rumor material.