Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut finally reacted to Karan Johar’s statement that she uses the victim card and woman card by saying that, she plays every card possible, but on Koffee With Karan, she was playing the ‘badass card’. Recently, Karan in an interview had said that Kangana was confused about the understanding of word nepotism and if she was so ‘terrorised’ by Bollywood, she should leave it.
Now speaking to Mumbai Mirror, Kangana said, “I can’t speak for Karan Johar’s understanding of nepotism. If he thinks that it is restricted to nephews, daughters and cousins, I have nothing to say. But, to say that he chose not to give me work is to mock an artiste. As importantly, his memory appears to be poor because we worked together in a movie (Ungli), which was produced by him. And quickly realised our sensibilities did not match. I’m also at a loss to understand how he gave me a platform by inviting me to be on his show.”
Notably, Johar had said that he gave Ranaut a platform by inviting her on his show. “I’ve been on several platforms before with several global icons. To say he helped me voice my opinions is to discredit me as an artiste and a public personality. And, I think, it should be added here that I was invited to be a part of the show in its fifth season. (Johar’s talk show made its debut in 2004). His team requested my team for months for my dates,” the actress added.
She also added that Karan is shaming a woman for being a woman. “But what is pertinent here is: why is Karan Johar trying to shame a woman for being a woman? What is this about the ‘woman card’ and the ‘victim card’? This kind of talk is demeaning to all women, particularly the vulnerable because they are the ones who really need to use them. The ‘woman card’ might not help you become a Wimbledon champ, or win you Olympic medals, or bag National Awards. It might not even land you a job, but it can get a pregnant woman who feels her water is about to break a ‘ladies’ seat on a crowded bus. It can be used as a cry for help when you sense a threat. The same goes for the ‘victim card’, which women like my sister, Rangoli, who is a victim of an acid attack, can use while fighting for justice in court.”