A video from Bollywood filmmaker Karan Johar’s house party was doing the rounds on social media a few weeks ago as a Shiromani Akali Dal leader, Manjinder Singh Sirsa claimed that some celebrities, including Deepika Padukone and Ranbir Kapoor, were "proudly flaunting their drugged state" at KJo's house party. After seeking an FIR against the celebrities, Manjinder Singh wrote an open letter to Bollywood, asking the stars, “the unofficial ambassadors of India abroad”, to apologise to the nation for their irresponsible behaviour. While Karan did not initially react to the accusations levelled by Manjinder Singh, he has finally broken his silence and given a strong response in a recent interview with a film critic.
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"Apparently you are not allowed to scratch your nose. Apparently, you are not allowed to put your phone in your back pocket. Apparently, a shadow of light is perceived to be some kind of powder," he said.
The director also revealed that he had thought of issuing a statement but decided not to as he did not want to justify himself and other members of the film fraternity who had been guests at his party -- such as Vicky Kaushal, Malaika Arora, Arjun Kapoor, Shahid Kapoor and Varun Dhawan -- and at the centre of the controversy.
Explaining the context of the video he had shot and posted on his official Instagram page, Karan said that it was a “kind of a family, happy, social gathering”, “a casual get together”, and the stars were simply “having an easy night out after a hard week of work, having a good time” and that he would not have shared the video “if there was anything happening at all.” He said that all the accusations were baseless and denied that there was any powder on the floor. “How dare someone constantly make us soft targets?” he questioned and warned that next time if anyone would initiate such rumours, he would take the legal route to tackle the situation.