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Karan Johar on 'drug party' controversy: I don’t react very well to these baseless accusations

Screen grab of the video that was posted by Karan Johar. Photograph:( Twitter )

WION Web Team New Delhi Aug 19, 2019, 04.39 PM (IST)

A few weeks back, as filmmaker Karan Johar posted a video of Bollywood celebrities enjoying at his home, Shiromani Akali Dal MLA Manjinder Singh Sirsa called out the celebrities and alleged that they were high on drugs. 

While at the time, Johar and other celebrities had chose to not react, now in a recent interview to film critic Rajeev Masand, Johar has dismissed Sirsa's allegations. 

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"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 anything was happening at all, I am not stupid," said Johar. 

Addressing the rumour that Vicky Kaushal was seen using the powder, Johar 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."

Explaining that Vicky was recovering from Dengue when the video was shot, Johar 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 not react at all. He said, "I don’t react very well to these baseless accusations because that’s what they were, baseless."

The filmmaker stated that in future if something like this would happen, he would take legal action."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," the director said. 

The MLA had initially termed the house party as 'drug party' to which Congress MP Milind Deora had reacted and rubbished his accusations. Deora's wife is also  seen in the video along with Deepika Padukone, Arjun Kapoor, Shahid Kapoor, Ranbir Kapoor, Varun Dhawan, Zoya Akhtar, Ayan Mukerji, Malaika Arora and Vicky Kaushal.  The MLA had said that the video is a proof that drugs were used in the party.

Sirsa had even asked the Mumbai police to lodge an FIR against the celebrities. 

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"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 anything was happening at all, I am not stupid," said the filmmaker.