Anurag Kashyap Says Karan Johar Is Misunderstood: ‘I’ve Judged Him A Lot But I Found Him To Be Like Me’

Karan Johar often gets trolled on social media for allegedly promoting nepotism and being part of the Bollywood mafia. Many celebs have spoken in support of KJo, but now fellow filmmaker Anurag Kashyap has defended him. After having worked on several successful releases together. Anurag opened up about the bond they share and said that “Karan Johar is a misunderstood person.”

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Kashyap has given Bollywood some of the most iconic releases like Gangs of Wasseypur, Dev D, Black Friday as well as commercial releases like Manmarziyaan, among others. He is regarded as one of the most bankable filmmakers and is very vocal about supporting talent over stardom. In a recent interview, he said that he had misjudged Karan Johar for a long time.

Calling him a late discovery, Anurag said that once they met he found a new side to KJo. Anurag told Pinkvilla, “I’ve judged him a lot. When I met him, I found him to be like me but on the other side of the coin. He also treats his filmmakers, people, and his directors and gives them as much freedom and empowerment. He is a misunderstood person.”

Anurag added that Karan does not dismiss criticism. Calling him a courageous man, he added, “The most amazing thing about him is he has his own critic. Today, the creative head of Dharmatics, Somen Mishra was the biggest Karan Johar critic and what Karan Johar did was hire him. That is a sign of a visionary and a courageous man.”

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Meanwhile, Anurag is promoting his recent release Dobaaraa starring Taapsee Pannu and Pavel Gulati. The film which is a remake of the Spanish film Mirage, has received positive reviews from fans as well as critics online. The film is set for theatrical release on August 19, 2022.

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