Kangana Ranaut requests the Indian government to take Karan Johar’s Padma Shri back. This comes after the release of Gunjan Saxena last week which is produced by Karan Johar.
The cold war between ‘Queen’ Kangana and KJo is not hidden to anyone. Her verified Twitter team, which goes by the name of Team Kangana Ranaut on Tuesday tweeted, “I request the government of India to take KJO’s Padma Shri back, he openly intimidated me and asked me to leave the industry on an international platform, conspired to sabotage Sushanth’s career, he supported Pakistan during Uri battle and now antinational film against our Army.”
Along with Kangana’s tweet, the team shared a tweet by Soumya Dipta that spoke about how Gunjan’s coursemate at the Udhampur Airforce base was the first woman to fly at the Kargil and not Gunjan.
Soumya wrote, “Flight Lieutenant Srividya Rajan was Gunjan Saxena’s course-mate at the Udhampur Airforce base. She declared that she was the first woman to fly to Kargil and not Gunjan. She confirms that the arm wrestling scenes are totally false. She claims that #GunjanSaxena has twisted facts.”
Kangana Ranaut and Karan Johar have been engaged in a long-running cold battle, which started with her calling the director ‘the flag bearer of nepotism’ on his show, Koffee With Karan. The debate was reignited in the aftermath of Sushant’s death. Kangana has also accused Karan of colluding with his ‘best friend’ Aditya Chopra to sabotage Sushant’s career. She claimed that Karan signed Sushant for Drive and then ‘dumped’ the film on Netflix.
When Kangana alleged that she was ‘openly intimidated’ by Karan, she was talking about his comments at the London School of Economics in March 2017, shortly after she called him the ‘flag-bearer of nepotism’ and ‘movie mafia’. He had said that she should quit the film industry if she felt so wronged by it.
Kangana’s allegation that Karan ‘supported Pakistan’ after the Uri attack was based on him casting Pakistani actor Fawad Khan in his last directorial venture, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil. While the film was shot and completed before the Uri attack in September 2016, people were up in arms against it for featuring Pakistani talent and demanded a ban on its release. He then issued an apology video in which he said he would never work with Pakistani actors again.
Lastly, Kangana has called Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl an ‘anti-national film’ for showing male air force officers in a negative light. Earlier, the Indian Air Force wrote to the censor board, saying that the film showed them in an ‘undue negative light’.
It’s not just Kangana, but also others who have attacked the film. A hashtag claiming Karan has insulted the Indian Air Force was trending on Twitter.
The users of social media trolled the filmmaker Karan Johar for the gender bias portrayed in the film, which is based on the first Indian Air Force woman pilot Gunjan Saxena, who was part of the 1999 Kargil War.
Kangana and Karan were announced as the recipients of the prestigious Padma Shri, India’s fourth-highest civilian honour, in January this year.