Filmmaker Karan Johar has been controversy’s favorite child. He never shied away from speaking his mind. He is one of the most popular and stylish Bollywood celebrities. Apart from his amazing directorial skills, Karan Johar is also very vocal about his views and is often seen speaking his mind out. Sometimes it’s just unfiltered. KJo has been a part of several controversies such as nepotism, party video, Sushant Singh Rajput’s death to his tiff with Kajol. Also Read - Karan Johar vs Madhur Bhandarkar: IMPPA Asks Dharma 'How Are You Using The Title The Fabulous Lives Of Bollywood Wives'
Here’s a list of controversies Karan Johar has courted:
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When Netizens made fun of him for being gay
Twitterati decided to pull a joke on filmmaker Karan Johar when the US Supreme Court in 2015 declared same-sex marriage legal. However, Karan did not bow down to this narrow-minded thinking and decided to give it back. He tweeted, “it’s so sad and disgusting when a major breakthrough movement is made into a mockery by some on Twitter!! Shame!!!.” [sic] Also Read - Jug Jugg Jeeyo: Karan Johar, Anil Kapoor And Others Welcome Back Neetu Kapoor in Movies
In his book, An Unsuitable Boy, Karan has written: “Everybody knows what my sexual orientation is. I don’t need to scream it out. If I need to spell it out, I won’t only because I live in a country where I could possibly be jailed for saying this.” He added, “The reason I don’t say it out aloud is simply that I don’t want to be dealing with the FIRs. I’m very sorry. I have a job, I have a commitment to my company, to my people who work for me; there are over a hundred people that I’m answerable to. I’m not going to sit in the courts because of ridiculous, completely bigoted individuals who have no education, no intelligence.”
Shah Rukh Khan and Karan Johar’s friendship
The two have been best buddies despite all media rumors and controversies. In 2017, Karan Johar admitted that there was some “distance” between him and Shah Rukh Khan, but their love and respect for each other triumphed in the end. In his book, Kjo has written: “Shah Rukh is a very possessive friend. I think I may have hurt him when I made a film without him. And I think I got hurt because when I did, I felt he didn’t give me that paternal or fraternal feeling that I had from him otherwise. I think we were two hurt friends for no reason.”
Karan Johar’s Rift With Kajol
Kajol and Karan Johar’s friendship ended prior to the release of Karan and Ajay’s films Ae Dil Hai Mushkil and Shivaay respectively. Karan and Kajol had been friends for 25 years before that. In his book, he had written: “I don’t have a relationship with Kajol anymore. We’ve had a fallout. Something happened that disturbed me deeply which I will not talk about because it’s something that I like to protect and feel it would not be fair to her or to me. After two and a half decades, Kajol and I don’t talk at all. We just acknowledge each other, say ‘hello’ and walk past.”
However, they patched up after Yash and Roohi were born. Kajol liked his Instagram post and Kjo followed her back.
The world nepotism became one of the most trending debates this year after Kangana Ranaut ignited the fire by calling Karan Johar “the flag-bearer of nepotism” on his chat show Koffee With Karan.
Ae Dil Hai Mushkil – Fawad Khan controversy
When All Indian Cine Workers Association had banned working with Pakistani artists. Ae Dil Hai Mushkil starred Pakistani actor Fawad Khan, and Karan was asked to reshoot the parts, but he refused and chose to pay the fine instead.
Karan Johar Has ‘Foreigner’ Kids Yash And Roohi
Karan Johar is a doting father to his kids Yash and Roohi Johar. He opened up on the comments his posts about his kids receive on social media. One user said he had a foreigner as his kids’ surrogated mother so that they don’t look Indian. To this, Karan had reacted saying: “I don’t want to get into the details but I feel like these people have a lot of free time to sit and stare and zoom into my children’s ears, nose, hairs, and sit and comment on them. I mean it’s okay if one of them says how will you give the love of mother and father. I mean its the new age of life. How do they know I don’t have a mother and a father in me, where I can get my child the love of both parents.”
Karan Johar was blamed for Sushant Singh Rajput’s death
Sushant Singh Rajput’s death had sparked off a debate on nepotism in Bollywood again. Fans and several celebrities accused Karan Johar and Aditya Chopra of favouring star kids over talented outsiders like Sushant Singh Rajput. Netizens have ruthlessly trolled him and other prominent Bollywood A-listers on Nepotism and not standing by SSR in his time of crisis. Karan Johar is now only following eight Twitter accounts, out of which four belong to his production house Dharma and its CEO Apoorva Mehta.
Madhur Bhandarkar vs Karan Johar over The Fabulous Lives of Bollywood Wives
This is the recent controversy! Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar on Friday, November 20, called out fellow director Karan Johar and his business partner Apoorva Mehta for allegedly taking away the title of his film and ‘tweaking’ it as per their suitability. He took to Twitter to tag Johar and Mehta in his tweet on Friday evening and wrote, “Dear @karanjohar U & @apoorvamehta18 had asked me 4 the title #BollywoodWives for web, which I refused,as my project is underway. It is Morally & ethically wrong u to tweak it to #TheFabulousLivesofBollywoodWives. Pls do not dent my project. I humbly request u to change the title.” Dharma Productions has produced The Fabulous Lives of Bollywood Wives for Netflix.