The popularity of famous Bollywood director Karan Johar dips on social media following the suicide of actor Sushant Singh Rajput. Johar has lost hundreds of followers as social media called to boycott.
Indian social media users are discussing the cons of nepotism in Bollywood under the hashtag #KarJoharGang. The suicide of Sushant Singh Rajput flared up hate campaigns against Karan Johar. Indian netizens believe Karan Johar and the likes of him played a role to impede the career progress of the actor in the industry that disheartened him and forced him to take a drastic step.
Karan Johar has not responded to the vitriol against him on social media. But he is on the spree of unfollowing people on Twitter. He is currently following Shah Rukh Khan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Akshay Kumar, CEO of his production company Apoorva Mehta and the official Twitter handle of his two companies.
Calls to boycott his films and movies are making rounds on social media. The disgruntled fans even burnt his effigies in Patna. Karan Johar currently has 17.2 million followers on Twitter that is fast declining. The resulting mayhem has brought the heavyweights of industries like Salman Khan, Alia Bhatt, and others under fire for supporting clique drive culture and nepotism.
Social media slams Karan Johar
The Indian Twitter brimmed with hateful messages for Karan Johar.
“We should boycott all the films from Karan johar #BoycottFakeStars #JusticeForSushant” tweeted a user.
I have a burning anger in my heart for Karan Johar’s face I can’t explain why but I want to destroy it pic.twitter.com/L31ayMhH5v
— Nik (@nikkillmyself) June 18, 2020
“Stopped watching KJO, KHAN’S and their bootlickers movies. No matter how big or entertaining they gonna be. Boycott them and show them who is the boss in this game. This is the only way you can do justice to this innocent smile. #JusticeForSushant” shared another user.
#JusticeForSushantSinghRajput 💐 ……..I will boycott khan’s movie, Karan Johar production,yash raj films etc….those who are responsible for Sushant sir’s death ..we hate them all …go to hell🤬 pic.twitter.com/Ml3ugv47Jc
— Ritika Singh (@RitikaS41829530) June 18, 2020
” You prefer to make a murderer, a traitor an illiterate person into a superstar but not a scholar, a physics Olympiad winner.) #JusticeForSushant #bycottkarnjohrgangmovie #nepotisminbollywood” expressed another user.
Social media stats of celebrities after the death of Sushant Singh
The social media following of Alia Bhatt is declining after her video of demeaning Sushant Singh Rajput in the show of Karan Johar resurfaced on social media. However, a few actresses including the Kriti Sanon- a close friend of Sushant Singh Rajput and Kangana Ranaut gained followers on social media. But it is Alia Bhatt who lost the most followers on social media. Also, Shraddha Kapoor, another close friend of Sushant Singh Rajput gained followers on social media.
Kangana Ranaut was among the voices who had slammed the culture of nepotism in Bollywood. She has empathized with the deceased Sushant Singh Rajput in the video released soon after his death. Kangana Ranaut also slammed the A-list Bollywood celebrities for making a hostile environment for Sushant Singh Rajput and leading him to the circumstances where he gave up on his life in despair and grief.
Today we all must take a oath to not watch any film from now onwards directed or produced or acted by this snake of bollywood.
Come on we all promise today to ourselves to be on this oath👍🏻👍🏻
— raman choudhary (@ramanch30698131) June 19, 2020
She even criticized the Indian media for spinning facts around the suicide of Sushant Singh Rajput. Kangana is among the list of rare celebrities who oppose nepotism in Bollywood. She believes top celebrity Karan Johar is the biggest proponent of nepotism in Bollywood. The actress gained 1.47 million followers on Instagram.
Who gained and lost followers on social media
Kriti Sanon gained the most followers at around 291K followers. Meanwhile, Shraddha Kapoor gained nearly 270K followers. Both Kriti Sanon and Shraddha Kapoor were present at the funeral of the Sushant Singh Rajput. Fans had praised them for not faking concern for Rajput on social media.
Meanwhile, Gully Boy actress Alia Bhatt lost 444K followers on social media. Karan Johar launched Alia Bhatt in 2012 in the movie Student of the Year. He lost 188K followers.
Surprisingly, Sonam Kapoor lost 84K followers. The suicide of Sushant Singh Rajput even shook the popularity of Salman Khan as the actor lost 50K followers on social media.
Salman Khan came under attack for supporting the conspirators against Sushant Singh Rajput. He is reportedly among producers who banned Sushant Singh. Others included Dharma Productions, YRF Productions, Balaji Productions, TSeries, and others. This left the actor with no choice but to work in TV serials only. Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput committed suicide at the age of 34 at his Mumbai house.