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Karan Johar is one of the few people, who are often regarded as the pillars of this modern-day Bollywood industry. The director and producer has left an indelible mark on Bollywood with the help of Dharma Productions. From launching newcomers to hosting his iconic celebrity chat show, Koffee With Karan, he has played a crucial role in the lives of so many celebrities.
Karan Johar is also known for his distinctive style and storytelling, glimpses of which he has already shown in his films like Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna, My Name Is Khan, Student of the Year, Bombay Talkies, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, Lust Stories and Ghost Stories. There’s no denying in saying that he has already proved the mettle of his storytelling and direction with the films that he has given to Indian cinema.
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However, it’s also true that he is mostly in the headlines because of some controversy. However, most of Karan Johar’s controversies are around claims of being the flagbearer of nepotism in Bollywood and the juicy confessions that the celebs make on his Koffee With Karan’s couch. However, there’s one controversy about Karan Johar that was not reported by many publications when it happened back in 1998. So without further ado, let’s talk about Karan Johar’s hidden controversy, which landed his debut film as a director, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, in trouble.
In 1998, Karan Johar assembled a stellar cast for his debut film, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. Talking about the cast, Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, Rani Mukerji, Anupam Kher, Sana Saeed, Reema Lagoo, Johnny Lever, and many other prominent actors featured in leading roles.
The film was a huge success at the box office, and even after so many years, it is still one of the favourite films of Shah Rukh Khan’s massive fanbase worldwide. However, not everyone is aware of the fact that the famous comic scene in which Parzaan Dastur was counting stars reportedly hurt the sentiments of the Sikh community.
Parzaan Dastur portrayed the character of a Sikh boy named 'Jasdeep Singh'. His famous dialogue ‘Tussi ja rahe ho… Tussi na jao’ is still considered one of the iconic lines in the history of Indian cinema. However, the way the film’s director, Karan Johar presented Parzaan’s character in the entire film raised a lot of eyebrows, as people thought he intentionally or unintentionally mocked Sikhs. Only a few publications reported back in 1998 that some Sikhs from the nation’s capital, Delhi, showed their outrage against Karan Johar’s film, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai.
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The film’s director, Karan Johar and the producers reportedly took a quick decision at the outrage and as per the reports, several scenes of Parzaan Dastur, who played the character of an innocent Sikh boy, were cut from the prints that were rolled out in Delhi’s theatres. The scene where Parzaan was counting the stars and had a funny chat with Johnny Lever reportedly made the Sikh community quite upset.
The Sikhs reportedly didn’t like the way Parzaan Dastur’s character was shown close to a dumb boy. However, the film’s collection at the box office dominated the headlines back then, and no room was given to the Sikh community, who were heartbroken seeing the way a Sikh boy was portrayed on the big screen.
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It was back on July 28, 2019, when Karan Johar posted a video on his Instagram handle in which he gave an exclusive look at his house party. The video featured so many renowned actors and actresses from B-town. From Shahid Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Vicky Kaushal, Varun Dhawan, and Malaika Arora to Ayan Mukerji, Zoya Akhtar, Natasha Dalal, Ranbir Kapoor, Mira Rajput Kapoor, and others were spotted enjoying at Karan’s party.
However, the celebrities looked quite dizzy, and it was Ayan Mukerji, who looked nervous as soon as the camera was turned on him. Several fingers were raised in the way Vicky Kaushal and Malaika Arora looked in the video. As soon as the video was posted on IG, it went viral quickly. From netizens speculating that celebrities allegedly used drugs at Karan’s party to politicians raising fingers at Bollywood’s drug mafia, it was a chaotic moment for the entire B-town.
After the video started doing rounds on the internet and NCB got involved in the matter, and Karan Johar had to clarify about the clip he posted on his Instagram handle. In his statement, the producer clearly stated that no drug was used at his house party, and he also added that he doesn’t promote narcotics usage. An excerpt from Karan Johar’s statement could be read as:
"The allegations are completely baseless and false. No narcotics substance was consumed in the party. I would like to unequivocally once again state that i do not consume narcotics and i do not promote or encourage consumption of any such substance."
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