Swara Bhasker recently talked about the ongoing boycott culture in Bollywood. The Boycott Bollywood trend is the talk of the town for quite a long time now. Days after she opened up about Akshay Kumar and said that celebrities were the direct target of criticism, Swara Bhaskar has now spoken about popular filmmaker Karan Johar.
She said the filmmaker was attacked by a large group of people after Sushant Singh Rajput’s death in 2020. Swara said criticizing Karan for his films or for promoting ‘nepotism’ in the film industry was one thing but calling him a ‘murderer’ after Sushant died was unfair.
Swara Bhaskar talks about Karan Johar
In a recent interview, Swara said there is an ‘atmosphere of fear in Bollywood. She told how hate campaigns against recent movies like the Aamir Khan -starrer Laal Singh Chaddha played a huge part in some highly anticipated, big-budget films failing at the box office.
She further added that the film industry was ‘under attack and that the ongoing boycott Bollywood trend, whereby a section of netizens are calling for the boycott of films and celebs, was paid for.
Swara told Connect FM Canada,
“There’s an atmosphere of fear. In the industry… there is this idea of not engaging in controversy. There is a genuine belief in the industry that if there’s a controversy happening, it’s best not to bother or comment on it.”
The actress came up with the example of Karan and other Bollywood celebs, who were targeted after actor Sushant Singh Rajput was found dead in his Mumbai home, after his alleged suicide. Swara said that even when celebs like Karan are attacked, they do not say anything to defend themselves due to fear of backlash.
“Aapko Karan Johar ki filmo ko ghatia keh sakti hain, aapko uske nepotism se dikkat ho sakti hai. Lekin aapki dikkat aur aapki dislike ka Matlab ye nahin hai ki vo kaatil hai (You can say a lot of things about Karan Johar, you can say his films are obnoxious or that you have issues with him for promoting nepotism in the industry, but your dislike and issue with him doesn’t mean that he is a murderer).”
On the work front,
Swara was last seen in Jahaan Chaar Yaar alongside Pooja Chopra, Meher Vij, and Shikha Talsania. The film was released on September 16.
Also, the actress had recently said that her opinions differ with Akshay Kumar due to his support of certain films. Swara had told The Hindu,
“We are storytellers and should tell stories in an honest way. I think Bollywood should not make itself a platform for propaganda. Having said that, Bollywood is not one tangible, homogenous entity and there could never be one voice coming out of the industry. And that’s the beauty of it… I don’t agree with Akshay Kumar because of the kind of films he supports but that doesn’t mean I want his films to flop or that he shouldn’t release his films.”