After Manjinder Singh Sirsa’s accusation that several Bollywood celebrities “flaunted their drugged state” at a party held at Karan Johar’s home, the filmmaker has dismissed all the allegations.
The MLA, in an open letter posted on social media had alleged that the celebrities, including Deepika Padukone, Vicky Kaushal, Varun Dhawan, Ranbir Kapoor and Shahid Kapoor, among others, were in a drugged state at Johar’s party, reports India Today. The filmmaker had shared a video from the party on his Instagram account. The MLA had said that the video is a proof that drugs were used in the party.
In a recent interview, Johar opened up about the allegations and rubbished all the claims by the MLA. He said that if the drugs were indeed used, why would he record it and shared online. He said, “There were achieving members of the industry who were having an easy night out after a hard week of work, having a good time. I took that video with all the earnestness… would I be putting out that video if there was anything happening at all, I am not stupid.”
Talking about the allegations on Kaushal of using powder, the director said, “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.”
Johar explained that Kaushal was apparently recovering from dengue and drinking hot water and lemon. He said, “My mother, 5 minutes before this video, was sitting with us. It was that kind of a family, happy, social gathering, where friends were sitting and having a good time and we were listening to some music, having some good food and having good conversational energy there. There was nothing else going on.”
Calling the accusations baseless, Johar said that he thought about reacting to the claims but then he decided to react at all. He said, “I don’t react very well to these baseless accusations because that’s what they were, baseless.”
Sirsa had even requested the Mumbai Police to file an FIR against the celebrities under the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act 1985.
He tweeted, “I have requested @CPMumbaiPolice To register FIR against the Bollywood Stars in the video flaunting their drug party…under The Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985 The party was uploaded by @karanjohar himself on July 28th, 2019.”
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