Karan just posted a new column on NDTV. He was supposed to be a columnist for them, right? But after 2-3 postings last year, it kind of died out. And now we get another, clearly inspired by the Sanjay Leela Bhansali incident.
You should really read the whole thing here.
It’s fun, it’s funny, it gives you a little insight into the industry, all the best parts of Karan. But I think the whole reason he wanted to write it was for the statement he makes right at the end about the apology video he made to get Ae Dil Hai Mushkil released:
I hated having to sit there and declare my “nationalism” and what should constitute it. But it also got me thinking… I know what circumstances led me to do that, I understand, and it’s not like today, I can apologize for making it, because that might put me into another kind of limelight which I do not want. Would I do it again? Probably not. I hope not. You find yourself feeling coerced and compromised in your morality, your ethics, your principles. Brought to my knees with a hostage video. And when a fellow filmmaker gets humiliated, you wonder if you have set a precedent that he is paying the price for? You hope you’re wrong.
And then you realise what you should have always known: the trouble with being in the limelight all the time is it can blind you, even briefly, so you forget the darkness around it.
I talked in my last post on the Bhansali incident about how it felt like Karan was getting angrier on behalf of someone else than he ever did for himself. And now this statement kind of explains it. He feels responsible, he feels like he was the first domino to fall and now the rest of the industry is suffering because he sent a message that films and filmmakers can be held hostage and made to obey the orders of extremists just to get their films released.