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Karan Johar, Alia Bhatt lose lakhs of Instagram followers as Sushant fans call out ‘nepotism’

Actor Kangana Ranaut, who has often raised the nepotism issue and claimed that it works to the detriment of outsiders in Bollywood, has gained lakhs of social media followers.

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New Delhi: The furore over nepotism triggered by Bollywood star Sushant Singh Rajput’s alleged suicide last week has taken a heavy toll on the Instagram followings of film-maker Karan Johar and actor Alia Bhatt.

Meanwhile, actor Kangana Ranaut, who has often raised the nepotism issue and claimed that it works to the detriment of outsiders in Bollywood, has gained lakhs of Instagram followers.

Johar and Bhatt are both children of successful Bollywood film-makers — Yash Johar and Mahesh Bhatt. Rajput’s alleged suicide is seen by many fans as his reaction to a concerted effort by the Bollywood “insider lobby”, including the likes of Johar, to outcast the actor, a former TV star from Patna who won many accolades for his powerful performances in movies like Dhoni and Kai Po Che.

Allegations have been made on social media about big production houses boycotting the actor, and clips have been shared from Johar’s chat show Koffee with Karan to project an alleged bid by Bhatt and fellow starkid Sonam Kapoor, besides Johar himself, to make light of Rajput’s stardom.

Rajput, who allegedly hanged himself at his Bandra residence last Sunday, is not believed to have left behind a suicide note. He was 34.

Also Read: No one in Bollywood killed Sushant Singh Rajput. Only the silence did

Losing followers

In the week since Rajput’s alleged suicide, Johar has been unfollowed by more than 5 lakh users on Instagram, where his following has shrunk to 1.05 crore (10.5 million) from 1.11 crore (11 million). 

Bhatt has been unfollowed by 10 lakh users since Sunday, with her Instagram follower list now down to 4.74 crore (47.4 million) from 4.88 crore (48.8 million). 

Both Johar and Bhatt also sought to express grief for Rajput by posting photos of him on social media. While Johar’s Instagram tribute was accompanied by a photo of him with Rajput and an emotional message, Bhatt just posted a photo of the Kai Po Che actor with a heart emoji.

In a message that appeared to refer to Rajput’s reported depression diagnosis, Johar said, “I blame myself for not being in touch with you for the past year… I have felt at times like you may have needed people to share your life with… but somehow I never followed up on that feeling… will never make that mistake again…”

However, both Johar and Bhatt were incessantly trolled in the comments to the posts. The commenters specifically called out Johar for what is seen as his penchant for working with star kids.

As a result of the trolling, Johar has reportedly stopped following several actors like Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan and Twinkle Khanna — all star kids and friends of the film-maker — on Twitter. Now, he only follows eight Twitter accounts, including that of Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar, Shah Rukh Khan, Dharma Productions and PM Modi. 

Ranaut, another small-town import with no Bollywood roots, has posted two videos since Rajput’s death that seek to call out nepotism and even the alleged hounding of outsiders like her by the news media.

With millions watching the videos — the first video has so far recorded 2 crore views — her Instagram following has increased by about 20 lakh (2 million) followers to 48 lakh (4.8 million).

Also Read: Sushant Singh Rajput: How not to cover a death, starring, Aaj Tak, News Nation, ABP


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  1. Most of the stars a selfish. They think there is no one like them and walk past you like you are a dog. Stupid Asians. Hate Bollywood movies. They copy America and uk with everything

  2. Aliabhat__what little I have seen of you on tv, you are a kind and sweet giving reched out to a young singing sensation on an aindian singing contest show. To encourage the young man—a gullible dreamer so he would not lose the heart in the were the nurturing one while he acted like the Malvolio clown in Shakespeare.

  3. “Small town import” sounds condescending. It is not illegal or wrong for stars to support their kids. But the public needs to stop watching their crap and open their wallets for real talent. This nepotism cycle can only be broken if their films start flunking at box office.

  4. Where is the proof that he hanged himself?
    Until proven otherwise this should be treated as a suspicious death.

    As for the star kids, stop following them and stop going to their movies. Soon they will disappear.

  5. Plz guys unfollow alia bhatt that’s my big request plz plz plz plz guys unfollow her just follow Deepika padukoen real Queen of bollywood

  6. I think its high time nepotism comes to an end. I feel it is very right to unfollow these stupid people because at the end of the day that is what they crave for. #boycottsalmankhan #boycottkaranjohar #boycottstarkids.

  7. Note how the author strategically uses the word “alleged” to plant doubt in the reader’s mind about Ranaut & Rajput.

  8. Don’t follow star kids , They don’t know acting,no education just bigdhi hoye aulad .shameless people .pls ban Salman khan ,Karan Johar ,Alia bhatt,sonakshi Sihna and there family actors .pls pls support the Real Queen Kangana Ranaut

  9. don’t say alleged when forensics have already declared it as death from hanging that is suicide , you don’t fail to disappoint me everytime , keep up with this trash reporting

  10. Funny it is that even 10.5 m are still following & 47m are still following Bhatt. N people are against nepotism?

  11. Please do check their Followers in IG
    EVERY ALTERNATIVE FOLLOWER is Fake its means they Brought those fake Followers

  12. Salman Khan,Karan Johar,All of Bhatt family…make fun of more talented actors and actresses than them…They are self proclaimed masiha of film industry…whereas they are all mafias of film industry….
    Definitely film industry can do without them. Boycott them for ever.

  13. Gud ppl knowing the real color of film industry dons n others i dont want to name dem. May sushants soul RIP. AMEN

  14. If someone is reading this, just a small thought .. Our PM and All other National Leaders have unitedly commented on the Chinese position.


  15. You forgot to mention legendary phrase of KaRa-
    “flagbearers of nepotism” and KaJo, Saif’s epic NYC meltdown- ‘nepotism rocks’

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