It is common knowledge in the film industry that Ananya Pandey is very close to Karan Johar. Ananya’s parents Chunky and Bhavna Pandey are close friends of Karan. When they decided that Ananya would be an actress it was Karan they trusted with her career. He launched Ananya with Student of The Year 2 in 2019.
Now Karan has two major films with Ananya on the floors—Liger, the big action thriller launching Telugu star Vijay Deverakonda into Bollywood, and an untitled film co-starring Deepika Padukone and Siddhanth Chaturvedi.
Both the projects have curious ‘drug connections’. Liger is directed by Puri Jagannadh. The Telugu director known for many box-office hits, was an accused in a huge drug scandal in Andhra Pradesh’s film industry in 2017. 62 personalities from the Telugu film industry including Puri and his Liger co-producer Charmee Kaur were grilled by the Telangana Excise (Enforcement) Department. They were later given a clean chit.
As for Ananya’s other forthcoming film, the untitled venture directed by Shakun Batra and produced(again) by Karan Johar, Ananya’s co-star Deepika Padukone was grilled by the Narcotics Control Bureau last year. Again, a clean chit.
There is a clearly drug trail visible here, if one cares to look.
One hears that both of Ananya Pandey’s forthcoming film are now on hold indefinitely.
“Until the picture is clearer,” a source close to the development reveals. The picture isn’t likely to be clear anytime soon.