Days after controversy evoked all-out criticism following comments by cricketers Hardik Pandya and K L Rahul on his chat show, filmmaker Karan Johar, today, exptended his apologies for what happened and admits the conversation “may have crossed boundaries”.
He said that he feels very responsible for the remarks made on “Koffee with Karna” and has spent sleepless nights wondering how to “undo this damage”. It may be recalled that Pandya and Rahul were widely slammed for their remarks labelled misogynistic and sexist and have been provisionally suspended by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), pending an inquiry.
He asserted that he is not justifying the conversation that happened on the episode.” I’m saying that perhaps things were said that may have crossed boundaries and I apologise because it was my platform where it happened,” he added.
The filmmaker, who is in Davos for the World Economic Forum, breaking his silence on this issue, said the boys have “paid the price” for what happened on the episode. “I haven’t spoken about it really… I feel very responsible because it was my show and my platform. I invited them as guests and so the ramifications and repercussions of the show are my responsibility. I have had so many sleepless nights, just wondering about how I can undo this damage. Who is going to listen to me? It has now gone into a zone that is beyond my control,” Johar said in an interview.