A recent episode of  Karan Johar‘s chat show Koffee With Karan Season 7 featured South star Samantha Ruth Prabhu and Akshay Kumar. However, it displeased fans of South Indian superstar Nayanthara.

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Karan asked Samantha who she thought was the biggest actress in the South right now. Karan Johar was not pleased when the Kaathuvaakula Rendu Kaadhal actress chose her co-star Nayanthara. When he mentioned the Ormax List of top actresses in the country, he reminded Samantha that she had topped it. “Well, not on my list!” he replied.

The indirect remark irritated Nayanthara’s fans, who took to social media to slam him. Following the online release of the episode, her fans took to Twitter to accuse Karan of disrespecting the actress. Some claimed he was making fun of her, while others accused him of being passive-aggressive.

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Karan Johar has finally responded to the backlash! He stated to Bollywood Hungama, “I said, according to the list that I had from Ormax, Samantha was the no.1 star. Nayanthara’s fans have misconstrued the conversation.”

During the same episode, Samantha joked that she bribed the media group to name her the country’s top female actor. In response to reports that the Oh! Baby actress paid a high price for it, the Ae Dil Hai Mushkil director added, “Some even I think we all need to have a sense of humour. Mine is a fun show.”

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Nayanthara and Samantha Ruth Prabhu co-starred in Kaathuvaakula Rendu Kaadhal earlier this year, which also starred Vijay Sethupathi in the lead role. Vignesh Shivan directed the film, which was a box office success.