Once upon a time, they could not stand each other. From writing really nasty things on twitter, to making harsh public statements against one another in newspaper – The Karan Johar and Anurag Kashyap’s war of words was nothing short of an epic.
It all started when Anurag supposedly started badmouthing Kjo’s show ‘Koffee With Karan’ and passed derogatory remarks about the films he made on his blog. Countering it, Karan made statements like “he may be suffering from depression and may need a psychiatrist.” What ensued was a web war, where none spared the other. The obvious animosity between the filmmakers was there for all to see.
However, Bollywood is one industry, where equations between people can change overnight. Often friends become foes and foes become friends. Likewise, the Anurag – Kjo enmity took an about turn and the duo buried all their past differences and not only became friends but also collaborated on film projects. They directed short films for ‘Bombay Talkies’, then co – produced ‘Lunchbox’ and ‘Hasee Toh Phasee’ and now Karan will be seen playing a pivotal role in Anurag’s ‘Bombay Velvet.’ The pair who once couldn’t see eye to eye and hated each other’s brand of cinema, today are often seen hanging out together.
Anurag doesn’t shy away from talking about that time, "For me Karan was one of those rich kids who have struggled only in Malabar Hills. I hated him because he took all our awards from ‘Satya’ to ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai.’ At that time, I had resentment towards everything that was mainstream. I started blogging the day I discovered the internet. I thought it is like a diary; nobody will read it. At that point of time, I was very opinionated. I resented anyone who had anything that I felt I didn't have."
“Anurag wrote a blog saying nasty things about me, post which we had a verbal spat in Mumbai Mirror. I wondered why he was being nasty when he didn’t even know me. I had seen his ‘Black Friday’ and absolutely loved it. But I saw him venting to death about me thinking I am this rich, glamorous, glorious person without any struggle. However, when we happened to meet by chance at a restaurant in Bandra, Anurag approached me and said ‘do you think we should talk?’ I said ‘no at a time like this we should hug.’ So we hugged like ‘yeh bandhan toh pyaar ka bandhan hai’”, said Karan dramatizing the eventful day.
That one ‘jaadu ki jhappi’ changed the equation between these two enemies making them friends for life. Going for parties together, discussing life and boding over movies - the two friends have discovered many common grounds. In fact, Anurag does not hesitate to say, “The more I get to know Karan, the more I love him.”
The affectionate camaraderie we see between the two today, despite all the past differences and bitterness only defines their ‘asli yaari.’
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