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Karan Johar, who is currently expressing gratitude for the kind of audience response he has gotten for his directorial Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani, recently opened up about being painted as ‘movie mafia’, a word which is often used by Kangana Ranaut while accusing people in Bollywood, including Karan, for allegedly trying to sabotage her image in the industry.

During his conversation with Sucharita Tyagi, Karan addressed the criticism against him and said that his mother was Hiroo Johar was deeply affected by the negative comments while mentioning that a lot of hate has come his way in the last 3 years.
For the uninitiated, it all started when Kangana called Karan the ‘flagbearer of nepotism’ during her infamous appearance on Koffee With Karan. She often accuses Karan of supporting nepotism in the film industry and also addresses him as ‘movie mafia’ in her interviews and social media posts.

Karan said that he saw his mother literally crumble under that hate because she used to watch TV channels and she was reading stuff online. “She was watching TV anchors screaming and shouting and saying the most godawful things like me, demonising me for some reason. Then there were people who were kind of writing the same on Twitter and other social media platforms,” he said.
Talking about how he dealt with the situation, Karan said that he had to be resilient at that time because he had to be strong for her own mother and himself. “You feel kind of naked after that has happened. Abhi toh kapde utar di hai sabne. Abhi kya chupana? Kisske ladna? Everyone anyway has kind of stormed into your life, made assumptions. They don’t know the person I am. They just made this perception of mafia or something they keep talking about. They don’t know how a producer on a daily basis is trying to get his or her cast,” he said without taking anyone’s name.