Nayanthara fans angry with Karan Johar for ‘belittling’ her on Koffee With Karan | Web Series

Samantha Ruth Prabhu made her debut on the talk show Koffee With Karan on Thursday, appearing alongside Akshay Kumar. In the one hour episode, Samantha talked about her life, career and even divorce with actor Naga Chaitanya. However, one particular exchange she had with host Karan Johar has not gone down well with some fans. To be clear, the fans are not angry with the actor, but with Karan, because they feel that the filmmaker has “belittled” Samantha’s co-star Nayanthara on the show. Also read: Karan Johar denies choosing Janhvi Kapoor over Sara Ali Khan on KWK

At one point in the show, Karan asked Samantha who she thinks is the greatest female actor in the South. Referring to her recent release Kaathuvaakula Rendu Kaadhal, the actor said, “Well, I just made a movie with Nayanthara”, implying that she thinks Nayanthara is the biggest actor in the four film industries in South India. To this Karan replied, “Well, not in my list!” He then further referred to a recent list, released by Ormax Media, of top female actors in the country with Samantha as the number one female actor in the country.

This was displeased with some of the actor’s fans, who said Karan Johar was “unnecessarily casting a shadow” at Nayanthara. The exchange was shared on several social media platforms. A comment on Reddit read: “Isn’t Nayanthara super well established like Kareena or PC level in the south? Yeh Karan ka problem kya hai Bhai (What’s Karan’s problem)?” Many said Karan’s quick denial of Samantha’s compliment was rude and disparaging to both actors, with some fans even pointing out that Karan’s next production Good Luck Jerry is actually a remake of Nayanhara starrer Kolamaavu Kokila. “KJo, I hope you realize that your remake of Good Luck Jerry is a remake of Nayanthara’s movie,” wrote one fan.

Some comments even claimed that Karan is often passive-aggressive about the Southern film industry and their actors. “Why does he sound so jealous of the southern film industry all the time? Even before the blockbusters, he was very passive-aggressive,” one comment read. However, some redditors defended Karan by saying he only mentioned the Ormax list, but admitted it was weird how he chose to do it. One social media user wrote: “He was referring to the Ormax list where Samantha was first so he was trying to say Samantha is taller than Nayanthara which is also weird as she is actively trying to compliment Nayanthara.”

Nayanthara has been one of the leading female actors in the Tamil and Telugu film industry for many years. She has also often been featured in lists of the highest paid actors in the country. Over the years she has worked in blockbusters such as Billa (2007), Simha (2010), Arrambam (2013), Iru Murugan (2016), Bigil (2019) and Annaathe (2021). She has also delivered several female-led hits, most notably Maya (2015). Her box office success has earned her the nickname “Lady Superstar” from fans. Nayanthara will soon make her Bollywood debut opposite Shah Rukh Khan in Atlee’s Jawan, which is due out in June 2023.

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