Nayanthara fans are furious with Karan Johar for making them on Koffee With Karan | web series

Samantha Ruth Prabhu made her debut on the talk show Koffee With Karan on Thursday when she appeared alongside Akshay Kumar. In the hour-long episode, Samantha spoke to actor Naga Chaitanya about her life, career and even her divorce. However, a particular exchange she had with host Karan Johar didn’t go down too well with some fans. To be clear, fans aren’t upset with the actor, but with Karan, as they feel the filmmaker “put down” Samantha’s co-star Nayanthara on the show. Also read: Karan Johar denies preferring Janhvi Kapoor to Sara Ali Khan on KWK

At one point in the show, Karan asked Samantha who she thought was the greatest female actress in the South right now. Referring to her recent release Kaathuvaakula Rendu Kaadhal, the actress said, “Well, I just did a film with Nayanthara”, implying that she thinks Nayanthara is the greatest actor in the four film industries in South India. To which Karan replied, “Well, not on my list!” He then referred to a recent Ormax Media list of the best female actors in the country, in which Samantha was ranked the number one female actor in the country.

This conflicted with some fans of the actor, who said Karan Johar was “unnecessarily casting shadows” on Nayanthara. The exchange was shared on multiple social media platforms. One comment on Reddit read: “Isn’t Nayanthara super 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 derogatory to both actors. Some fans even pointed out that Karan’s next production, Good Luck Jerry, is actually a remake by Kolamaavu Kokila, the main actor of Nayanhara. “KJo I hope you realize that your remake of Good Luck Jerry is a remake of Nayanthara’s movie,” one fan wrote.

Some comments even claimed Karan was often passive-aggressive towards the southern film industry and its actors. “Why does he sound so jealous of the southern film industry all the time? Even for the blockbusters, he was very passive-aggressive,” read one comment. However, some Redditors defended Karan by saying he merely mentioned the Ormax list, but conceded that it was odd how he went about it. One social media user wrote: “He was referring to the Ormax list where Samantha was first so he tried to say that Samantha is taller than Nayanthara which is also weird while trying to actively compliment Nayanthara .”

Nayanthara has been one of the leading female actresses in the Tamil and Telugu film industry for years. She has also often been included in lists of the highest paid actors in the country. Over the years she has appeared 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 will be released in June 2023.

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