Did Karan Johar Pay Kamal R Khan Money to Bash Ajay Devgn's Shivaay?
The clash between Shivaay and Ae Dil Hai Mushkil gets uglier
The clash between Ajay Devgn’s Shivaay and Karan Johar’s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil has become a full-fledged battle.
Recently, Ajay tweeted the audio clip of a conversation, reportedly between Shivaay’s co-producer Kumar Mangat and Kamaal R Khan, where the latter is heard saying that KJo paid him R25 lakh. This is in response to Mangat’s query as to why he was tweeting positively about Karan’s film. The clip is yet to be verified.
Following which, Ajay issued a statement saying, “I have been part of the Indian film industry for the past 25 years and have been associated with over 100 films. It pains me to see that people like Kamaal R Khan are holding the film industry to ransom by spreading negativity about films to extort money from producers. It is very sad that people from our own industry are supporting such elements and spoiling the ethos of industry.”
On the other hand, KRK has denied taking money from Karan. He recently held a press conference where he claimed that Ajay was pulling off a publicity stunt by using his name.
He also took to Twitter to say, “Karan Johar has never paid me or asked me to bash #Shivaay n you can hear it in the tape. I said R25 lakh to avoid Kumar. Ajay, Kumar offered me money to bash AeDilHaiMushkil as he is offering in the tape also but I refused. I told them that I will do it free (sic).”
However later Ajay was quoted saying, “KRK is contradicting himself in explanations about what he has said in the recording and what we heard in his postured press conference. He has not denied that it was his voice in the recording and he is now making excuses and contradicting himself. It is now for the people to decide. I have never in my life spoken to or met this man. It was important for us to do this (make the audio clip public) so that this (Shivaay bashing) completely stops.”
While Mangat was quoted saying, “No, he (KRK) did not ask me for any money. In fact, I jokingly asked him to take money from us to write good things about our film.
He also mentioned that Devgn and KJo haven’t spoken to each other regarding the fiasco. He said, “Ajay will speak only if Karan calls.”