Kiara Advani says Karan Johar has been wrongly blamed for nepotism in the Hindi film industry. The actor says that while the filmmaker came under fire for working with star kids in Bollywood and launching her career, she found support in him when she was a struggling actress and was even rejected by designers. In a new interview, Kiara recalled how Karan welcomed and supported her when she was a “nobody.” (READ ALSO: Karan Johar could have cast any actor in his film, but he chose me and that gives me great confidence, says Kiara Advani)
In her interview while promoting her upcoming film Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 with co-star Kartik Aaryan, Kiara Advani was all praise for Karan Johar and fashion designer Manish Malhotra. She credited them with believing in her at a time when others didn’t. “These are people who are tremendously successful, but they didn’t have that fear, they didn’t just come to me because I was successful,” she told Film Companion.
Kiara said that during her early years in Bollywood, although she asked the agency that was representing her at the time to help her star in a Karan Johar film, the agency did not push her. The Shershaah actor revealed it was a chance encounter that led to her being cast in her debut Karan Johar film Lust Stories in 2018. Kiara also said that early in her career, while being rejected by other designers, it was Manish Malhotra who, like Karan, showed his support for her. According to Kiara, they believed in her at a time when it was common to gamble on familiar faces.
“At that point, there was this thing, and Manish is one of those people who never saw it that way. He never saw it that way: “I give to someone because they are successful”. Even Karan. I know he gets so much hate for nepotism and all that, but he took me when I was a nobody and nobody told him,” she said. Kiara Advani said that while she now realizes that “at the end of the day, this is a business,” she felt that “certain people who have reached great heights in their fields don’t have to live up to the social norm.”
Over the years, Manish Malhotra, famous for dressing countless celebrities on and off screen, has created high-octane ensembles for Kiara Advani. He even dressed Kiara in a meaningful lehenga for her sister Ishita Advani’s wedding celebrations in Goa in March 2022.
Kiara was last seen in Shershaah with her alleged boyfriend, actor Sidharth Malhotra. She will next be seen in Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2.