After being among the audience this year, Karan Johar reportedly wants to host Indian Film Festival of Melbourne finale next year. This year, the film festival was hosted by the ever graceful Simi Garewal.
Simi Garewal and KJo have hosted rival chat shows in the past. Now Karan Johar appears to be in the middle of another award show controversy - using the medium of Twitter this time - after apparently having spoken to the organisers of the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne and showing interest in hosting the ceremony that marks the festival's finale next year. As expected, this did not go down well with actress Simi Garewal, who hosted the awards this year. The fest concluded last weekend and in attendance were Karan Johar and a galaxy of other stars, including the likes of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. Ms Garewal expressed her displeasure in a tweet that she posted earlier this week. In her tweet, she claimed that Mr Johar had spoken to the festival director about what she labels as a 'takeover.'
Or to be precise she called it 'another takeover.' Presumably, Ms Garewal is pointing at the rival chat shows hosted by Karan Johar and herself where initially, a lot of people called Karan Johar's show Coffee With Karan a more pepped up version of Simi Garewal's Rendezvous With Simi Garewal.
Simi's show ran for five seasons till about 2004-5. Karan's show kicked off around the same time and concluded its fifth season earlier this year.
See Simi Garewal's tweet - her account is unverified:
After I finished hosting IFFM Awards @karanjohar told Festival Director 'Next year I want to host the awards'! Another takeover?!🙄— Simi Garewal (@Simi_Garewal) August 15, 2017
Currently, she's found a lot of support online considering her repertoire and experience in the industry. "No one can reach your level" and "no question of a takeover" are a few of the responses to her tweet. Some called Karan Johar 'greedy' and even went ahead describing him as 'mafia' in Bollywood.
This is the second time in recent history that Karan Johar's appearance at an award show left a sour taste on social media. At the IIFA Awards held in New York last month, which Karan was co-hosting with Saif Ali Khan, Mr Johar reignited an age-old controversy that actress Kangana Ranaut had sparked by calling him the 'flag-bearer of nepotism' on one of the episodes of Koffee With Karan.
At IIFA, Mr Johar, Saif and actor Varun Dhawan put out an extremely bad tasting 'joke' (as they later described it) in which they highlighted each other's celebrity parentage and chanted 'Nepotism rocks.' They later apologised for the same.
Karan Johar is yet to comment on the issue and to clear out whether Simi Garewal's fear of a 'takeover' holds any ground.