Popular south actress Lakshmi Manchu, who is known for her outspoken nature, recently came out in support of Karan Johar over nepotism row as she told E Times, “Nepotism is such a time waste topic. Unnecessarily bringing down the people who are doing the good work” Extending his stand towards KJo, she asserted, “My heart goes out to Karan Johar; My heart bleeds for him. Because what they have done to him is not right. It's just not right what they've done to anybody. Yeah, I mean, we have our favourites, when we are casting… I want to cast whoever sells the best. I'm putting in the money. The actors aren't coming to me saying, please take this money and introduce me”
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She added, “And if I'm putting my money, I want to see which combination works the best, who are the best casting? We can go into these debates for ever. And, and it's just sad that we are so easy to just shoot somebody down who's really done well for himself, if Karan Johar didn't do anything in his life, didn't make one movie just was eating off his dad's money, then you can say look at this man who's doing nothing and wasting all his dad's money”.
She praised the Ae Dil Hai Mushkil helmer and said, “He (Karan Johar) has proved himself time and again, in so many ways, and it's just not fair, man. It's just not fair. I know, I can get beaten down tomorrow for just saying what I just did. And I don't care. You can't beat me down any more. And the more stones you throw at me, the bigger house I'm going to build. So keep coming at me”.
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