Sushant Singh Rajput’s demise has created quite a stir in Bollywood. Debates on nepotism, insider vs outsider, gangs in the film industry have taken over the media.
Kangana Ranaut put up a video of hers saying Sushant’s death was a murder. She has also gone on record saying Karan Johar, Aditya Chopra, Javed Akhtar and many Bollywood biggies are a part of a ‘Suicide Gang’.
Also, Since the last few days, Kangana has been hitting the headlines for her explosive interview with Republic TV Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami, in which she alleged that late actor Sushant Singh Rajput was a victim of nepotism and lobbyism in the film industry. The actress claimed that filmmakers like Aditya Chopra and Karan Johar “systematically sidelined” Sushant, and sabotaged his career.
She said that the film industry feels threatened by bright people like Sushant and not by mediocrity.
According to the actress, Aditya Chopra signed Sushant Singh Rajput under the Yash Raj Films talent agency after his brilliant debut film Kai Po Che!. She claimed that the producer made him sign an ‘evil’ contract which “does not allow artists to do anything without their permission or consulting them.”
The actress claimed that Aditya did not allow Sushant to be a part of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela and Bajirao Mastani. However, they made sure that Ranveer Singh got the films instead. Kangana asked, “Why? Because Sushant doesn’t know how to do chaploosi? Is this why they sabotaged his career?”
The actress alleged in her interview that Sushant broke all ties with Yash Raj Films films when they pulled out of Paani. Kangana said, “YRF talent agency had been handling Sushant’s work and prevented him from working with other directors, and instead promised him a movie with a big director (Shekhar Kapur). That film was cancelled too. When Sushant rebuked and claimed autonomy over his career, they had a big showdown, and Aditya Chopra told him that ‘No one will work with you’.”
Further, in her interview, Kangana said that when Sushant delivered a massive hit with MS Dhoni: The Untold Story after struggling for two years, Aditya Chopra’s childhood friend and director-producer Karan Johar stepped in to sabotage Sushant’s career. The actress told Arnab Goswami, “Seeing Sushant’s rise to fame with Dhoni, Karan Johar (Aditya Chopra’s childhood friend) strategically entered the situation and hired him in the lead role for the film Drive. He then tagged Sushant Singh Rajput as a flop star and didn’t attract exhibitors.” Further questioning why Karan couldn’t find buyers for Drive, even after Sushant delivered a blockbuster film like MS Dhoni: The Untold Story, she said, “Let’s have a conversation with exhibitors and producers. I want to know the business and financial mathematics.”
The actress said, “Karan said, ‘I can’t sell this film with this flop star.’ This was the whole business racket that he has created which declared his films as hits and big films like Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi, Chhichhore and MS Dhoni: The Untold Story as semi-hits. His whole circle started to print and spread these rumours that Sushant is finished. Now, this is in the public domain. You can see that Drive was not released and only media reports that Sushant is a flop actor and Karan Johar is unable to find a buyer for his film.” Further, Kangana alleged that Yash Raj Films and Dharma Productions “systematically work with each other and in sync with each other – whom to promote, whom to demote, whom to destroy.
She also said that “I am telling you, if I have said anything, which I can’t testify, which I can’t prove, and which is not in the public domain, I will return my Padma Shri. I don’t deserve it. I am not that person who will go on record (to make such statements), and everything that I have said is in the public domain.”
She told that Aditya Chopra threatened her for turning down ‘Sultan’.
“The director came to my house and narrated the script. I had a meeting with Aditya Chopra… just so that I could express my apologies in person and he was fine at the time. But later a news piece came out saying ‘Kangana said No to Sultan’. And then he messaged me, ‘How dare you? You say No to me’. And then he told me, ‘You are finished’, “revealed the ‘Queen’ actress.
Kangana added, “What I want to convey through this interview is… for me, I have only to lose here… because I know tomorrow they will get some 20 needy outsiders like Taapsee Pannu or Swara Bhasker who will get up and say, ‘Oh! Only Kangana has problems with nepotism. We love Karan Johar’.”
On the work front, the ‘Rangoon’ actress will be next seen starring in ‘Thalaivi’ and ‘Dhaakad’ which are conjectured to be released this year.
Check Out Kangana’s interview:
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