Karan Johar reacts to allegations

Karan Johar at the inauguration of Nita Mukesh Ambani Cultural Centre in Mumbai.
Karan Johar at the inauguration of Nita Mukesh Ambani Cultural Centre in Mumbai.
Karan Johar put up a Hindi poem online addressing several lies and allegations against him. He indicated that he was not phased by the recent talk about him.

On Saturday, Karan Johar seemingly responded to a few members of Bollywood who had slammed him after an old video had surfaced showing him ‘admitting’ to try and sabotage actor Anushka Sharma’s career. Actor Kangana Ranaut, filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri and writer-editor Apurva Asrani had all responded to the director’s comment said on a panel in 2016.

Taking to his Instagram Stories, the filmmaker shared a cryptic but rather heavy Hindi poem about staying strong amongst lies and accusations. He wrote, “Laga lo ilzaam, hum jhukne waalon mein se nahi.., jhoot ka ban jao ghulam…., hum bolne waalon mein se nahi…, jitna neecha dikhaoge…, jitne aarop lagaoge…, hum girne waalon mein se nahi…, humara karam humari Vijay hai…aap utha lo talvaar… Hum marne waalon mein se nahi…(State the allegations, I’m not amongst those who will bow down / Become a slave to lies, I won’t say anything / However much you try to slander and show me in a bad light, I will not fall / My goodness is my victory / You can use any swords, I will not die).”

The Anushka video went viral not soon after Priyanka Chopra had also shared in a podcast about the reasons why she relocated to Hollywood. The actor had shared that she felt cornered in Bollywood and wasn’t getting the work she wanted to as she ‘had beef’ with certain individuals in the industry. However, at the recent Nita Mukesh Ambani Cultural Centre grand opening last week, Priyanka was seen greeting Karan warmly at the event with her husband Nick Jonas.