Kangana Ranaut just can’t steal herself away from courting controversies. After hitting headlines for her spat with Hrithik Roshan, she is now in the news for her differences with Karan Johar. Her episode on Koffee With Karan was explosive, to say the least. She didn’t hold herself back while making those statements because that’s what she felt. She didn’t have to please anyone there. Karan too took all the firing with grace because he is the host of the show. We knew pretty well after watching it, that the Queen actress will never be invited on the show again. But these statements of the actress have turned into a feud after Karan called Kangana out for playing the woman and victim card. The actress spoke to Mumbai Mirror at length talking about the filmmaker’s remark. We tried to read between the lines of what she said in this interview and this is what we figured out:

“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 artist. 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.”

Kangana is clear why she doesn’t want to work with him. Karan might have had the power to reject her earlier, but now she chooses not to work with him. But then, if it’s that clear, why cry about nepotism? The fact that the director had considered her for a film, proves that despite having reservations against her, Karan did cast her. It’s not a favour but the acceptance that she deserved the role in Ungli.

“I’m also at a loss to understand how he gave me a platform by inviting me to be on his show. (Johar had said that he gave Ranaut a platform to “give it off to Karan”.) 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 artist 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.”

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Kangana has totally nailed it here. Koffee With Karan is a show where the actors come as guests and say things they wouldn’t otherwise at times. But then Ranveer Singh and Karan himself have said not to take it seriously. So our point is Karan, if your show is that frivolous, what good a platform is it for her to voice her opinions? Second, Kangana has always been brazen with her statements. She wasn’t talking about the industry for the first time.

“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.”

Yes, what is this woman’s card? A valid point that Kangana has picked up. She even gave examples about how such a thing doesn’t exist and if it does, we should seriously start feeling sorry for being a woman. In so many words, she explained to Karan how there is nothing like a woman’s card which can help females earn medals. One has to earn those! Her explanation about victim card proves women don’t choose to be victims… her sister definitely didn’t want to attacked by acid. Also, Kangana hasn’t played the victim card we feel, she just narrated what she went through during her struggling days. She had even lauded Aditya Chopra for acknowledging her talent after dismissing her initially. That’s called narrating a story, not playing the victim card.

“I use every card possible. At the workplace, it’s the badass card to fight cutthroat competition. With my family and loved ones, it’s the love card. When fighting the world, it’s the dignity card, and for a seat on a bus, it’s the woman card. What is important to understand is that we are not fighting people, we are fighting a mentality. I am not fighting Karan Johar, I am fighting male chauvinism.”

This is why we love Kangana. She isn’t a victim at all but truly a warrior. Karan accused her of playing the victim card way too much and so she decided to tell him, where all she is using what kind of cards. Definitely Saucy and Sassy!

“Now that Karan is the father of a little daughter (Johar became a single parent of twins, who were born through surrogacy last month), he should provide her with all these cards — the ‘woman card’ and the ‘victim card’, as also the ‘self-made-independent-woman card’, and the ‘badass card’ that I flashed on his show. We will use whatever we need to ensure no one rocks our boat.”

Ouch! That will sting and sting badly. We won’t be surprised if Karan hits back at her for dragging his kids into it. But then can you rubbish what Kangana said here? After all, the director now has a daughter who might need that ‘Woman’ card too. Touche!

“I’m also a little surprised at the “graciousness,” he says he displayed in choosing to not edit my bits on the show. While I’d have blacklisted the channel if something like that had happened, let’s also remember that a channel wants TRPs, and he is just a paid host.”

Although we agree it was really gallant of Karan Johar to keep all those portions of her dissing him on the show intact, we have to side with Kangana on this. After all, it’s a show which runs on TRPs. But the actress does agree, had she been in Karan’s shoes, she would have barred the channel. Karan, however, didn’t, which means he is a sport.

“Also, the Indian film industry is not a small studio given to Karan by his father when he was in his early 20s. That is just a small molecule. The industry belongs to every Indian and is highly recommended for outsiders like me whose parents were too poor to give me a formal training. I learnt on the job and got paid for it, using the money to educate myself in New York. He is nobody to tell me to leave it. I’m definitely not going anywhere, Mr Johar.”

Kangana is a self-made woman. She is at a commanding position now based on sheer talent and by working with directors like Aanand L Rai who spotted the talent in her. No wonder she doesn’t feel threatened by Karan’s ‘Leave Bollywood’ comment. But Karan is also the reason Dharma Productions has become so huge. In fact, today it has earned the distinction of dolling out more hits in a year by being an intelligent studio which knows where to invest what kind of money. That the filmmaker built on his own… So while we totally agree with Kangana making it on her own, Karan too made Dharma a formidable force in the industry. You can’t take that away from him, Kangana!

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