Filmmaker Karan Johar on Friday mentioned that he didn’t personally know two individuals being probed in a widening investigation into drug abuse allegations in Bollywood, refuting media experiences that described them as his “aides”.
“Several media/news channels have been airing news reports that Kshitij Prasad and Anubhav Chopra are my ‘aides’/’close aides’. I would like to place on record that I do not know these individuals personally and neither of these two individuals are ‘aides’ or ‘close aides’,” he mentioned in a press release.
The producer-director mentioned that Anubhav Chopra was not an worker at his firm Dharma Productions although he had labored on two initiatives with the corporate in an unbiased capability between 2011 and 2013.
Kshitij Ravi Prasad joined Dharmatic Entertainment, an organization linked to Dharma Productions, in November 2019 as one of many govt producers on contract foundation for a undertaking which ultimately didn’t materialise, he mentioned.
“Neither l, nor Dharma Productions can be made responsible for what people do in their personal lives. These allegations do not pertain to Dharma Productions,” Karan Johar mentioned.
The filmmaker, who has been the goal of harassment and abuse by a bit of social media customers and TV channels because the dying of actor Sushant Singh Rajput in June, lashed out on the “malicious campaign” that started with accusations of encouraging nepotism and later spiralled into allegations of rampant drug abuse.
He rubbished experiences that recommended medication have been consumed at a celebration he hosted at his dwelling final yr in July and mentioned, “These slanderous and malicious statements, news articles and news clippings have unnecessarily subjected me, my family, and my colleagues, and Dharma Productions, to hatred, contempt and ridicule.”
“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,” he mentioned.
“In the past few days, the media has resorted to distasteful, distorted and false allegations. I hope the members of the media would exercise restraint else I will be left with no option but to legally protect my rights against this baseless attack on me,” Mr Johar added.
Kshitij Ravi Prasad and Anubhav Chopra are among the many rising listing of members of the Hindi movie trade in Mumbai who’ve come below the lens of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) for alleged drug abuse that has additionally referred to as prime actors like Deepika Padukone for questioning.
The allegations emerged following the investigation into the dying of Sushant Singh Rajput that uncovered prices of drug abuse by him and led to the arrest of a number of of his associates together with girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty, additionally an actor, for allegedly serving to him rating contraband.