Who is the ‘powerful’ person who wanted to sabotage Simi Garewal’s career?

Veteran actor and popular TV host, Simi Garewal has dropped a bombshell by lauding Kangana’s shocking revelations about the film industry and has backed it by claiming that ‘a powerful person’ had viciously tried to sabotage her career.

By Anannya Srusti / Ruchika Shah

Edited by Ruchika Shah

Simi Garewal in a still from Karz [1980]

Taking up to Twitter, Garewal has disclosed  about her personal experience in Bollywood and expressed her admiration for film actor Kangana Ranaut by calling her ‘brave’ and for standing up against and initiating a discussion on nepotism and favouritism that has been prevailing in the film industry .

Patting Ranaut’s back, the Mera Naam Joker  [1970] actor found encouragement after Kangana made some sensational allegations against producers Karan Johar and Aditya Chopra by calling them ‘emotional vultures’, post Sushant Singh Rajput’s sudden demise.

The lady in white, as Garewal is popularly known as, has in a series of tweets claimed that a ‘powerful’ person had viciously tried to destroy her career. “I applaud #KanganaRanaut who is braver & bolder than I am. Only I know how a ‘powerful’ person has viciously tried to destroy my career. I stayed silent. Because I am not so brave…”, writes the actress.

Speculations are bound to happen about ‘the powerful person’ Garewal hinted at. We tried contacting the actor at her residence but the receiver stated that Garewal doesn’t wish to comment on it.

Commenting on the on-going guesswork  about the actor’s tweet, a veteran industry insider states, “It is very hard to pin-point any particular name but in the past there were rumours that perhaps Garewal had a fallout  with a filmmaker who rose to fame in the late 70s. If you look at her career, she didn’t bag too many films post a blockbuster in 1980.” The insider though reminded that Garewal perhaps had her limitations as an artiste. “Indian cinema has always been about romance, song and dance. While she was a fine actress, Garewal was not a dancer which was a prime requisite for an Indian heroine then. So, her opportunities were going to be limited”, added the source.

On the contrary to the above statement, veteran film journalist Indermohan Pannu, stated that Simi did not have any fallout with anyone. “After rendering a nude scene in the 1972 film ‘Siddhartha’, she became the hot topic in various discussions for months. Other than that, she did not have any disputes with anyone.” Upon being questioned about the possibilities of any filmmaker having a hand, he stated that “s/he (the filmmaker) wasn’t at all in power during that time” and claimed that no one would have been responsible for her short lived career in the film industry.

Screenshot of Simi Garewal from her show Rendezvous with Simi

Simi Garewal is known for films like ‘Mera Naam Joker’, Siddhartha’, ‘Chalte Chalte’ and ‘Karz’. Though her Bollywood career was short spanned, she rebooted by venturing into the television arena as the eloquent hostess of  ‘Rendezvous with Simi Garewal’ which went on for five successful seasons.

However, it’s well-known that Karan Johar’s chat show, Koffee with Karan took over her space on the same channel, Star World and went on to become more popular than Rendezvous. It seemed Simi was still bitter about what she herself termed as a ‘takeover’ and turns out there was more to it. Hear-say has always been that Garewal perhaps blamed KJo for her show coming to a halt. Years later the dispute was out in the open when Garewal had accused Johar of trying to replace her as host of a film festival. Reportedly, Karan Johar showed interest in hosting the ceremony the next year. This didn’t go down well with the veteran and she expressed her displeasure about the same on a social media platform.

Just a few months before this incident took place, Kangana sparked the debate about the infamous nepotism allegedly practiced by Karan in the industry. Simi Garewal had then triggered it again by specifically mentioning “another take over” in her tweet. 

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