Renowned filmmaker Karan Johar has shared his candid thoughts on the challenging period when he faced intense scrutiny and negativity on social media. Speaking about how the online hate affected him and his family, he revealed that his mother, Hiroo Johar, was deeply impacted by the negative discourse while he had to remain strong for both himself and his mother.
In a conversation with Sucharita Tyagi, Karan Johar discussed how the past three years saw a surge of hatred directed towards him on various social platforms. He recounted how this onslaught of negativity took a toll on his mother, who followed news channels and read online content. The constant barrage of negative comments, demonizing him and depicting him as part of a so-called ‘movie mafia,’ deeply affected both him and his mother.
Karan expressed his resilience during that period, emphasizing that he had to be strong not only for himself but also for his mother. He mentioned feeling exposed and vulnerable due to the widespread assumptions and perceptions that were being perpetuated. He further noted how people outside the industry made judgments without truly understanding the realities of a producer’s daily challenges in managing cast and crew.
While Karan Johar did not explicitly name anyone, it’s evident that his remarks allude to the ongoing exchanges between him and actress Kangana Ranaut. Kangana has been a vocal critic of nepotism in the film industry and has referred to Karan as the ‘flagbearer of nepotism.’ She has also used the term ‘movie mafia’ to describe certain individuals in the industry, including Karan Johar, in her social media posts and interviews.
Karan Johar recently made his directorial comeback with the film “Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani,” featuring a stellar cast including Alia Bhatt, Ranveer Singh, Shabana Azmi, Dharmendra, and Jaya Bachchan. The film was released on August 28, marking Johar’s return to the director’s chair.