"he took me when I was a nobody"
Kiara Advani has defended Karan Johar, stating that he has been wrongly criticised for nepotism in Bollywood.
Nepotism in Bollywood has been an ongoing topic of discussion and Karan Johar has faced a lot of criticism for allegedly only working with and launching actors that come from Bollywood families.
However, Kiara said he supported her when she was a “nobody”.
During Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 promotions, Kiara praised Karan and fashion designer Manish Malhotra.
She thanked them for believing in her at a time when others did not.
Kiara explained: “These are people who are supremely successful, but they didn’t have that apprehension, they didn’t come to me only because I was successful.”
Kiara said that during her initial days in Bollywood, she asked the agency that represented her to help her get cast in a Karan Johar film, however, the agency did not push for her.
She revealed that a chance encounter led to her being cast in her first Karan Johar film, Lust Stories.
Kiara said: “It took a random party after which he called me the next day and said that he wants to take me in his film.”
She also said that during her early career, she was rejected by designers.
But Manish Malhotra showed his support for her.
Kiara said they believed in her at a time when the norm was to work with well-known celebrities.
“At that point, there was this thing, and Manish is one of those people who never looked at it like that.
“He never looked at it like, ‘I’ll give somebody something because they’re successful’.”
“Even Karan. I know he gets so much hate for nepotism and all of that, but he took me when I was a nobody, and nobody told him to.”
Even though she now understands that “at the end of the day, this is a business”, Kiara felt that “certain people who’ve reached great heights in their fields, they don’t have to live up to this social norm”.
Over the years, Manish Malhotra has created extravagant ensembles for Kiara Advani.
He even dressed Kiara in a statement-making lehenga for her sister Ishita Advani’s wedding festivities in Goa in March 2022.
Meanwhile, on the work front, Kiara was last seen in Shershaah.
She will next be seen in Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2, which releases on May 20, 2022.