Kangana Ranaut, who has had a long-running dispute with filmmaker Karan Johar, came to social media on Thursday to laud his latest film, Shershaah, a war picture.
Shershaah is a biopic of Captain Vikram Batra, a Kargil War hero who died in the line of duty during the war, directed by Vishnu Varadhan and starring Sidharth Malhotra and Kiara Advani. In an episode of Koffee with Karan a few years back, Kangana publicly accused Karan, one of the film’s producers, of being the “flag-bearer of nepotism.”
On Friday, Kangana Ranaut posted two remarks on Instagram Stories, one regarding Captain Batra and the other about the film. “National hero Vikram Batra was a Himachali boy from Palampur, very popular and loved soldier. When the tragedy happened, news spread like wildfire in Himachal, it slid through our hearts. As a kid, I remember being tormented for days,” she wrote in her first post.
Sharing a picture of Sidharth Malhotra from the film, she wrote in her second note, “What a glorious tribute @sidmalhotra. Congratulations to the entire team. It was a big responsibility and you all excelled.”
Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions is a co-producer on Shershaah. Last year, after the two were given the Padma Shri, he spoke about their relationship. He said he was ‘too elderly’ to hold grudges, according to the Mumbai Mirror. “So much has been said about Kangana, me, and some kind of rivalry or simmering tension. But at every public event, we’ve met, we’ve greeted each other graciously.
Whatever may have been said or insinuated in print, I think I’m too old and wise to hold any kind of malice in my heart for anybody. As a filmmaker, I respect Kangana’s talent, craft, and what she brings to the table. She is an actor who has proved her mettle and is deserving of the honor. Besides Ekta (Kapoor) and Adnan Sami, I am honored to receive the Padma Shri alongside Kangana,” he said.