- KJo told IFFM director that he wants to host the film fest next year
- 'Another takeover,' tweeted Simi Garewal
- Simi Garewal and KJo hosted rival chat shows years ago
Correction - she said 'another takeover.' Presumably, Ms Garewal is referring to the rival chat shows hosted by Karan Johar and herself. Rendezvous With Simi Garewal ran for five seasons till about 2004-5, Koffee With Karan began airing around then and its fifth season ended earlier this year.
See Simi Garewal's tweet - her account is unverified:
After I finished hosting IFFM Awards @karanjohar told Festival Director 'Next year I want to host the awards'! Another takeover?!— Simi Garewal (@Simi_Garewal) August 15, 2017
She's found a lot of support online. "No one can reach your level" and "no question of a takeover" read some responses to her tweet. Others called Karan Johar 'greedy' and described him as 'mafia.'
This is the second time in as many months that Karan Johar's appearance at an award show left a trail on social media. At the IIFA Awards in New York last month, which he was co-hosting with Saif Ali Khan, Mr Johar rekindled a months-old controversy that actress Kangana Ranaut prompted by calling him the 'flag-bearer of nepotism' on Koffee With Karan. At IIFA, Mr Johar, Saif and actor Varun Dhawan acted out a poorly chosen 'joke' (as they later described it) in which they referenced each other's celebrity parentage and chanted 'Nepotism rocks.' They later apologised.
No word from Karan Johar yet on whether Simi Garewal's fear of a 'takeover' is unfounded.