"I had already clarified my position way back in 2019"
On September 25, 2020, Karan Johar released a lengthy statement in relation to the allegations that celebrities were taking drugs at his party.
In 2019, Karan had hosted a house party and several Bollywood stars had attended it.
Stars included the likes of Deepika Padukone, Ranbir Kapoor, Vicky Kaushal and Malaika Arora. Karan had allegedly taken a video and it soon became a talking point on social media.
Netizens claimed the stars were on drugs after footage showed their bleary-eyed stares into the camera, leading to the party being nicknamed ‘Udta Bollywood‘.
Karan has now released a statement amid speculation that he may be summoned by the NCB for questioning.
In his statement, the filmmaker refuted the claims and said that he neither consumes nor encourages others to take drugs.
The statement read: “Certain news channels, print/electronic media and social media platform(s) are wrongly and misleadingly reporting that narcotics were consumed at a party that I, Karan Johar hosted on July 28, 2019, at my residence.
“I had already clarified my position way back in 2019 that the allegations were false.
“In view of the current malicious campaign, I am reiterating that the allegations are completely baseless and false. No narcotics substance was consumed in the party. 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.
“All 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.”
Karan Johar went on to talk about Anubhav Chopra and Kshitij Ravi Prasad who have both been summoned for questioning in relation to the drugs case.
“I would like to further state that 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’.
“NEITHER I, NOR DHARMA PRODUCTIONS CAN BE MADE RESPONSIBLE FOR WHAT PEOPLE DO IN THEIR PERSONAL LIVES. THESE ALLEGATIONS DO NOT PERTAIN TO DHARMA PRODUCTIONS.
“I wish to further state that Mr Anubhav Chopra is not an employee at Dharma Productions.
“He was briefly associated with us for only two months in the capacity of 2nd assistant director for a film, between November 2011 and January 2012 and as assistant director for the short film in January 2013.
“He has thereafter never been associated with Dharma Productions for any other project.
“Mr Kshitij Ravi Prasad joined Dharmatic Entertainment (sister concern of Dharma Productions) in November 2019 as one of the executive producers on contract basis for a project which eventually did not materialise.”
Karan also slammed the media for reporting false allegations against him, calling it a “baseless attack” on him.
Although the video is from 2019, it has gathered attention again following the NCB’s investigation into Bollywood’s alleged drugs link.
Actresses Deepika Padukone, Rakul Preet Singh, Sara Ali Khan and Shraddha Kapoor have been summoned for questioning.