Karan Johar reacts to alleged drug party video: I do not consume narcotics nor promote such consumption


Karan Johar reacts to alleged drug party video: I do not consume narcotics nor promote such consumption

Amid speculations that he may be summoned by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) for questioning within the investigation over Bollywood-drugs hyperlinks, filmmaker Karan Johar on Friday launched a press release saying all allegations in opposition to him are false. The Dharma Productions proprietor in his assertion additionally claimed that he neither consumes narcotics nor promotes or encourages consumption of any such substance.

Read Karan Johar’s full assertion right here:

“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. 

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.

However, 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.”

A video shared by Johar on social media final 12 months has gone viral lately after the NCB began probing Bollywood’s alleged medicine hyperlink and summoned a number of high actresses such as Deepika Padukone, Sara Ali Khan, Rakul Preet Singh and Shraddha Kapoor.

In the video, a number of Bollywood A-listers may be seen attending a home party hosted by the filmmaker. The visitors as seen within the video, embody Bollywood stars Deepika Padukone, Ranbir Kapoor, Vicky Kaushal, Shahid Kapoor, Varun Dhawan, Malaika Arora, and Arjun Kapoor, apart from filmmakers Zoya Akhtar and Ayan Mukerji.

Johar’s assertion comes at a time when Dharma Productions director and government producer Kshitij Ravi Prasad has already been summoned for becoming a member of the investigations into the medicine instances linked to movie personalities being probed by the NCB.

As per experiences, Anubhav Chopra, a former assistant director with Dharma Productions, was additionally questioned by the NCB on Friday.

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