Amid the NCB probe, the whole film industry has been under the radar. The investigation agency has issued summons to various Bollywood celebs including Deepika Padukone, Sara Ali Khan, Shraddha Kapoor.
Amid all the controversy, filmmaker Karan Johar issued his first statement in months. There were reports that NCB was planning to probe an old video that Johar had posted of his house party which had several Bollywood celebrities in attendance. Many alleged that that stars had consumed drugs at this party as most of them appeared to be ‘stoned’.
In the statement, Karan denied reports and said that neither he consumes narcotics nor promotes or encourages consumption of any such substance.
colleagues, and Dharma Productions to hatred, contempt and ridicule. I would like to further state that several media news channels have been airing news reports that Kshitij Prasad and Anubhav Chopra are my “aides”/”close aides”. I would like to place on record that I do not know these individual personally and neither of these two individuals are “aides” or “close aides”. NEITHER I, NOR DHARMA PRODUCTIONS CAN BE MADE RESPONSIBLE FOR WHAT PEOPLE DO IN THEIR PERSONAL LIVES. THESE ALLEGATIONS DO NOT PERTAIN TO DHARMA PRODUCTIONS,” he added.
In the statement, Johar also addresses rumours about Anubhav Chopra, a former worker at Dharma Productions and Kshitij Ravi Prasad who have been summoned in connection with the drugs case.
”I would like to further state that several media/news channels have been airing news reports that Kshitij Prasad and Anubhav Chopra are my ‘aides’/’close aides’. I would like to place on record that I don’t know these individuals personally and neither of these two individuals is ‘aides’ or ‘close aides’.”
”Neither I nor Dharma Productions can be made responsible for what people do in their personal lives. These allegations do not pertain to Dharma Productions. I wish to further state that Mr Anubhav Chopra is not an employee at Dharma Productions. He was briefly associated with us for only two months in the capacity of 2nd assistant director for a film, between November 2011 and January 2012 and as assistant director for the short film in January 2013. He has thereafter never been associated with Dharma Productions for any other project.”
He added, ”Mr Kshitij Ravi Prasad joined Dharmatic Entertainment sister concern of Dharma Productions in November 2019 as one of the executive producers on contract basis for a project which eventually did not materialize.”
The video that was, first posted by the Karan on Instagram in 2019, showed actors Shahid Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Ranbir Kapoor, Varun Dhawan, Arjun Kapoor, Malaika Arora, Vicky Kaushal partying together at the filmmaker’s residence.
Since Sushant Singh Rajput’s death, Karan has been in the middle of a raging nepotism debate that sparked off after the actor died. Netizens have targeted the director for not giving equal chance to the outsiders like Rajput in Bollywood.
Rajput was found dead in his Mumbai apartment on June 14.
Akshay Kumar wants to meet birthday boy Sidharth Malhotra for this reason.
Known for his chocolate boy looks and his terrific performances, Sidharth Malhotra has turned a year older today. The Marjaavaan star is celebrating his birthday today and on the occasion, social media is flooding with wishes for him. The handsome star received many lovely wishes from his colleagues in the industry and now, Akshay Kumar has also sent a lovely yet quirky wish to him on social media. Having shared screen space with Sidharth back in 2014, Akshay had a special demand from the birthday boy.
Taking to his Twitter account, Akshay shared several throwback photos with Sidharth in the same pose. In all the photos, Sidharth and Akshay were seen posing as boxers. Remembering the old days of shooting their film, Brothers, Akshay shared a collage of photos and asked Sidharth to meet him up again to strike a cool pose with him. With it, he sent his good wishes to the handsome Punjabi star on social media. In the past too, Akshay has always rooted for Sidharth and his projects and back in 2019 when Marjaavaan was about to release, Akshay had tweeted for him.
Sharing the tweet, Akshay wrote, “Seems like we need to meet soon to strike a new pose, until then wishing you a power-packed year! Happy birthday brother @SidMalhotra.”
Meanwhile, Rakul Preet Singh and Manoj Bajpayee also began their day by sending heartfelt wishes to Sidharth on his birthday. The actor has been in the news recently due to his two new projects. In one of them, Sidharth will be working with Rakul and Ajay Devgn and is titled Thank God. In another, he will be seen with Rashmika Mandanna. It is titled Mission Majnu.