Mumbai: Ajay Devgn took to his twitter handle to share an audio clip which has a conversation between Kamal Rashid Khan (KRK) and Kumar Mangat Pathak.
During the telephonic conversation with Pathak (producer and Ajay’s business associate), KRK ‘confesses’ to having been paid Rs 25 Lakhs by Karan Johar for bashing ‘Shivaay’ because the film is scheduled to clash with Dharma Productions’ ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ this Diwali.
Check out Ajay’s tweet that has a link to the Audio byte on YouTube:
Hear what self proclaimed no. 1 critic and trade analyst Kamaal R Khan has to say. https://t.co/wRc7moSlsZ
— Ajay Devgn (@ajaydevgn) 1 September 2016
Ajay also reportedly issued a statement expressing his anguish and demanded an investigation to check Johar’s involvement.
Devgn’s statement reads:
"I have been a part of the Indian film industry for the past 25 years and have been associated with over 100 films. My father was a professional action director and I have an emotional connection with this industry.
It therefore pains me to see that people like Kamaal R Khan are holding the film industry to ransom by spreading negativity about films to extort money from producers.
It is very sad that people from our own industry are supporting such elements and spoiling the ethos of the film industry.
I would strongly demand that this be thoroughly investigated by competent authorities to clarify if Karan Johar was indeed involved in this."
For the uninitiated, both Ajay and Karan don’t share a great rapport with each other. There has always been a certain amount of cold vibes between them though Kajol (Ajay’s wife) finds a mention in Johar’s “best friends” list.
‘Shivaay’, Ajay’s ambitious directorial venture clashes with Ranbir Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Anushka Sharma and Fawad Khan starrer ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ this Diwali.