Ajay Devgn and Karan Johar are two of the most respected personalities in the film industry. But when an actor of the stature of Ajay involves a man who thrives on publicity, the tables are bound to be turned. That’s exactly what happened at the press conference that Kamaal R Khan organised today.
The ‘Deshdrohi’ actor has asked Ajay Devgn to “fight like a man” if he believes he has made a good film.
“Ajay Devgnji ko lagta hai ki unhone achi film banayi hai toh mardon ki tarah Karan Johar se ladein naa ki mujh jaise film-critic ko beech mein laaye. (If Ajay Devgn believes that he has made a good film, he should fight like a man with Karan Johar and not involve a film critic like me in the fight)”
KRK added that his friend Kumar Mangat (producer – distributor) stopped receiving his calls after releasing the conversation to the media.
“Jab mujhe ye pata chala ki ye baat media mein aa rahi hai, maine Kumar Mangatji ko 10-15 baar phone kiya, unse baat karne ki koshish ki, unhone mera phone nahi utaya, shayad unko shamindagi ho rahi hogi, ke unhone aisa kiya, kyonki dosti mein unhe aisa karna nahi chahiye tha (When I got to know that my personal conversation has reached the media, I called Kumar Mangat 10-15 times, I tried to talk to him, but he did not pick my call.. he could be feeling ashamed of himself, because he shouldn’t have done what he did when we are friends)”
The former ‘Bigg Boss’ contestant went on to add that Mangat cannot be trusted anymore because he could record a friendly personal conversation and release it to the media.
“Mujhe lagta hai ab unke dost bhi unse baat nahi karenge, kyonki kya pata woh kab kiski baat karle, aur kya personal baat record karke media mein dedhe (I think now even his friends won’t talk to him, who knows when he might record a conversation and give it to the media)”
KRK also slammed Ajay for involving him and said the actor had tried every trick in the book in 2012 too when his film ‘Son Of Sardaar’ clashed with ‘Jab Tak Hai Jaan’.
“Unhone jo Yash Raj ki film, jo unka ek hi baat thakar hua hai.. Son Of Sardar aur Yash Raj ki film ka (Jab Tak Hai Jaan), aur uss waqt unhone saare paintre bazi ki thi.. saare court kacheri chaan maare the.. wo jho unhone uss waqt kiya tha, woh charahe hain ki iss baar bhi wahi kare.. woh mere kande pe bandook rakhe, woh court jaana chahte hain.. taaki woh Karan Johar ko saabit kar sake ki inhone competition mein aisi galat cheese ki hai.. ho fair nahi thi (He had only one clash so far, when his film Son Of Sardaar released with Yash Raj film. He tried every trick during that time too, he went to the court.. this time he wants to keep a gun over my shoulder and shoot, just to prove that Karan Johar has played these dirty tricks and that he hasn’t been fair when it comes to competition”
Khan also denied receiving any amount of money from Karan Johar.
The industry though is questioning the timing of the leaked conversation. Why did Kumar Mangat record and release the conversation? What was his intention? How did Ajay get hold of the audio clipping and even if he did, should he have tweeted about it or released it through his official Youtube channel? Given the respect both Ajay and Karan command within the industry, was it really necessary to make the fight public – when they could as well talk in private and sort the issue out?