After Shiromani Akali Dal MLA 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 onsocial 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 Karan Johar's party. 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.
#UDTABollywood - Fiction Vs RealityManjinder S Sirsa (@mssirsa) July 30, 2019
Watch how the high and mighty of Bollywood proudly flaunt their drugged state!!
I raise my voice against #DrugAbuse by these stars. RT if you too feel disgusted @shahidkapoor @deepikapadukone @arjunk26 @Varun_dvn @karanjohar @vickykaushal09 pic.twitter.com/aBiRxwgQx9
In a recent interview, Karan 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 recorded 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 Vicky Kaushal of using powder, the Student Of The Year 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."
Karan explained that Vicky 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, Karan 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."
Not reacting to the accusations doesn't mean the filmmaker is not going to do anything in future. He said, "I told them also... I am not taking this very kindly, the next time where baseless accusations, I will take the legal route. You cannot mar our solid reputations, our sincere reputations our committed reputations just because you are presuming something. You cannot put out a baseless accusation that has no base, no fact, no truth, no reality and try and mar us and our reputations, it's ridiculous."
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."
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, 1985Manjinder S Sirsa (@mssirsa) August 1, 2019
The party was uploaded by @karanjohar himself on July 28th, 2019@ANI @htTweets @republic @ZeeNews pic.twitter.com/nNRH6i9yfn
The party was attended by several A-listers from the industry including Vicky Kaushal, Deepika Padukone, Ranbir Kapoor, Varun Dhawan, Malaika Arora and Shahid Kapoor, among others. In the video, which went viral, the actors are seen having fun at Karan Johar's house. The filmmaker shared the video on his Instagram account, after which it received a lot of flak from netizens.