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Karan Johar Controversies He Courted Over The Years

Karan Johar is considered a controversial favorite child. Take a lot at some famous infamous Karan Johar controversies

Karan Johar is considered a controversial favorite child. He has courted a lot of fusses in Bollywood be it paying for positive reviews or being a cupid or launching star kids. He has never stayed away from controversies, sometimes he was dragged even when not involved. Take a look at some famous infamous Karan Johar controversies.

Drug Party

The extrovert attitude of being a good host and throwing fancy parties pulled Karan into trouble. Back in 2019 KJo hosted a casual party at his place which was attended by A-lister celebs including Deepika Padukone, Arjun Kapoor, Varun Dhawan, Ranbir Kapoor, Shahid Kapoor, Malaika Arora, and Vicky Kaushal. Johar filmed a candid video and uploaded it on social media captioning it Saturday night vibes. Soon after the video went viral, reports of drug consumption at the said party spread like a fire.


One of the most famous controversies of Karan Johar is when he was titled ‘Flagbearer of Nepotism’ by Bollywood’s Boss Lady Kangana Ranaut. In one of the previous seasons of Koffee with Karan, Kangana turned up to slam KJo on his own show. She left no chance to hit at the filmmaker, that when she also upfrontly spoke on Nepotism. The Tanu weds Manu actress claimed he only promotes star kids and doesn’t give any chance to outsiders in the industry. This remained a hot topic for months and it is still not resolved and made no changes in the industry. 

Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul

The popular celebrity chat show Koffee with Karan is an instigator of controversies. The show generated controversy for misogynistic comments by cricketers Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul. They were even sent home in the middle of the ODI series in Australia as punishment, which was considered “justified” by their teammates. Karan felt responsible for these repercussions, and the episode was later taken down. 

Ae Dil Hai Mushkil

The movie was Karan Johar’s passion project but got into a lot of trouble. Ae Dil Hai Mushkil was released after the Uri attack in which 19 Indian soldiers were killed. Post that the Indian government and the All Indian Cine Workers Association announced to ban Pakistani artists. ADHM starred famous Pakistani actor Fawad Khan hence, the filmmaker was asked to reshoot his part. However, Karan refused to do so and agreed to pay a fine. 

Paid Reviews 

At the time of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, Ajay Devgn’s Shivaay too released. Then Ajay took to Twitter and leaked a recording of a conversation between Kamaal R Khan and Karan. In the recording, the filmmaker was heard asking KRK to give a positive review for some payment. 

Dostana 2 

Karan Johar’s movie Dostana 2 sparked controversy when Kartik Aaryan opted out of the project. It is alleged that Aaryan was removed from the film and he was also not signed for other movies he was confirmed to be a part of. Many blamed Karan for not encouraging real talent and promoting star kids. This fuss created a difference between Kartik Aaryan and Karan Johar.

SSR’s death controversy

Phenomenal actor, Sushant Singh Rajput’s death is still a mystery. After his bizarre death netizens dragged filmmaker Karan Johar into controversies for only supporting star kids in the industry. Sushant being an outsider established his name in cinema coming from television but left us too soon. 

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