Ever since Sushant Singh Rajput’s suicide, not just the entertainment industry but the entire country is in a state of shock. His death has left a permanent scar in Bollywood and netizens have been crucifying Karan Johar, Salman Khan and other bigwigs blaming them for the death and saying that the actor was struggling for due recognition in the industry.
Angry fans have been targeting the harbingers of nepotism, including Karan Johar, who has reportedly lost a lot of followers since Sushant’s demise. There have been occasions when Karan’s arrogance was smashed to a pulp, and he was forced to apologize as well.
Back in 2016, the Shivaay-Ae Dil Hai Mushkil clash turned out to be the ugliest Bollywood clash of all times. Earlier, it was just a clash of two films and a battle of two egos. But it took a different turn after Ajay Devgn leaked the audiotape recording where Kamaal R Khan aka KRK can be heard admitting that Karan Johar paid him ₹25 lakhs to sabotage Ajay’s Shivaay.
When the audio clip was revealed, Kajol was furious with Karan Johar, to which Karan passed some objectionable remarks about her in an interview. Ajay Devgn did not take this insult and criticized Karan for the same. He even wanted Kajol to apologize for Ajay’s actions. But Kajol stood by her husband and refused to bow down.
To make the matter worse, Karan was backing the involvement of Pakistani artists in his film ADHM in the wake of Uri attacks and the subsequent surgical strikes, to which Ajay had taken a strong offense. In the end, it was Ajay who won by earning a huge amount for ‘Shivaay’ and despite the best of Karan’s efforts, ADHM couldn’t earn the amount Karan had intended.
In three decades of their friendship, for a year or two, Karan Johar and Kajol parted ways. Karan even went on to write in his biography about how the friendship is over and things between the two are never going to be the same and accused Ajay of being mean towards him instead of gracefully accepting the mistake.
After almost 3 years, on Koffee with Karan, the director apologized to Kajol and expressed his wish to erase the chapter from his biography.
He said, “I regret the bitterness I held for the actress, and said “sorry” to her. I missed those years when we didn’t speak. I wish I could take that chapter out of my book. I have to say this on National TV but I am really sorry. I shouldn’t have written that chapter.” He not only apologized once, but thrice, and also wished that he could be friends with Ajay once again.
However, this was not the first time that Ajay had to face such bullying by the Bollywood bigwigs. In 2012, Ajay’s ‘Son of Sardaar’ was denied adequate screens due to a tussle with YRF’s ‘Jab Tak Hai Jaan’, which was the last directorial by Yash Chopra, due to which Ajay also had to resort to legal action. But Ajay’s film earned a whopping ₹125 crores at the box office, denying SRK an invincible run at the box office.
To be honest, Ajay hasn’t been treated kindly by the bigwigs of Bollywood. Yet, he never gave up and even gave them a befitting reply whenever challenged. If only Sushant had taken a leaf or two from the pages of Ajay’s life.