Talk about nepotism in the film industry and Karan Johar’s name gets dragged into it without much efforts. Karan is back in the news for nepotism, and this time the barbs are not from Kanagana Ranaut.
Its from the public in general, after Karan Johar announced the launch of ‘Dhadak’ (remake of Marathi blockbuster film Sairat) with star kids Jhanvi Kapoor (Sridevi’s daughter) and Ishaan Khattar (Shahid Kapoor’s half-brother).
Ever since Karan (KJo) was announced the film, people have been criticizing Karan on social for signing only ‘children of stars or celebrities’.
— Karan Johar (@karanjohar) November 15, 2017
Here are some sarcastic and hilarious tweets directed at KJo.
ISRO names a rocket- 'Starkid'
*Just before the launch*
Karan Johar: Ruko, ise main launch karunga.
— Vishesh Arora (@vishesharora19) November 16, 2017
Normal man meets a kid – What’s your name beta?
Karan Johar meets a kid – So who’s son are you?
— Abijit Ganguly (@AbijitG) November 16, 2017
— Nian (@buffer340) November 15, 2017
Congrats Karan another batch of actor's are coming from your famous nepotism academy kabhi kabar garebo ga bhi socha karo yar by the way kitne din ka training hota Hai nepotism academy Mai i am Keen to join. At least star to ban javuuu
— Maya (@Maya25570388) November 16, 2017
Odd pair, Mismatch, no x factor, Ishaan looks younger than Jhanvi, side effects of #nepotism 😂
— M Shiv Shankar 🇮🇳 (@mshivs) November 16, 2017
— Neha (@UltramarineNeha) November 16, 2017
After Varun, Karan & Saif apologise too for their ‘nepotism rocks’ chant at IIFA 2017
After Varun Dhawan apologised, Karan & Saif have tendered their apologies as well for their ‘nepotism rocks’ chant at IIFA 2017. With apologies coming in, I don’t think Kangana will now feel the need to open her mouth on the incident, as people have already responded (criticised the three) on her behalf.
Filmmaker Karan Johar and Actors Saif Ali Khan & Varun Dhawan’s ‘nepotism’ act (taking potshots at Kangana Ranaut) at the IIFA 2017 backfired big-time on them. Realizing that their joke on nepotism hasn’t gone down well with the fans, the trio regretted doing the act and for hurting people’s feelings.
First it was Varun who apologised, and later Karan and Saif too apologised for their acts.
Here’s what Karan Johar said as part of his apology.
“Of course, I believe that only talent rocks. If anything that rocks, it’s your talent, hard work and conviction. No matter what I say or feel about my issues with what Kangana said on my talk show Koffee With Karan, I think I was raised to be a dignified, a chivalrous, and a decent person. That’s the upbringing that I was given and I feel that I failed on those accounts. I felt that no matter what my thoughts or personal issues on this, I should not have repeatedly brought that up. For that, I’m deeply regretful.”
Here’s what Saif Ali Khan said.
“I understand what Kangana means by her stance on nepotism, though I have a slightly different take on it. People knew who I was because of my parents but that didn’t necessarily give me an easy ride. Look at the spate of terrible movies I’ve starred in and you know that phase lasted for a long while.
We are privileged in terms of getting an opportunity to meet a producer, which in itself is an advantage. But beyond that, only your talent can sustain you. There are also many star kids who are actors and directors who people aren’t so interested in because they perhaps lack the talent.
It’s easy to confuse nepotism with genetics. Maybe there is something in the genes too that makes many of Raj Kapoor’s descendants actors or Pataudis cricketers. I think it’s actually eugenics and genetics that’s coming into play,” said Saif Ali Khan (sounds more like an explanation than an apology).
With fans expressing their disappointment on social media over Varun, Karan Johar and Saif Ali Khan’s nepotism act (and probably daddy David Dhawan giving some ‘gyaan’ to his son), Varun Dhawan tweeted, “I express my apology and regret… I am extremely sorry if I have offended or hurt anyone with that act.”
I express my apology and regret .. I am extremely sorry if I have offended or hurt anyone with that act..
— Varun Dhawan (@Varun_dvn) July 18, 2017
“Nepotism doesn’t rock. It sucks. And @karanjohar Saif & @Varun_dvn look like total losers mocking Kangana from the IIFA stage.I dare you to chant “Nepotism Rocks” in the presence of #KanganaRanaut. She has scared you enough to go 3 against 1,” Rajdeep Sardesai’s tweets.
“It was a silly, immature gag. And also badly written. I am against nepotism and unfair privilege, but I also think we are all guilty of it, across sectors. Sadly it’s the system, not the doing of a few. Giving sifarish for friends to get jobs?? Are we not trusting our children to work in the family business when better qualified people exist outside? All this is nepotism. First let’s fix that before we take the moral high ground,” says Writer-filmmaker Apurva Asrani.
Some actors are now employing family members to manage them when qualified management agencies exist outside (Salman Khan recently sacked his professional manager ‘Reshma Shetty’ to let his family take care of his career and finances)
IIFA 2017: Karan, Saif, Varun say ‘Nepotism Rocks’, take a dig at Kangana
At the IIFA 2017, Karan Johar, Saif Ali Khan, Varun Dhawan had some fun on stage, acknowledging they were the products of nepotism, and while on the topic, they took a dig at Kangana Ranaut as well.
Remember “Queen” star Kangana Ranaut branding Karan as a “flagbearer of nepotism” on his chat show (Koffee with Karan)?
Filmmaker Karan Johar, Saif Ali Khan and Varun Dhawan (they all belong to film families) didn’t shy away from bringing up the nepotism debate at the IIFA Awards event in New York.
Here’s how their conversation went.
When Varun joined the two actors on the stage to receive the Best Performance in a Comic Role for “Dishoom”, Saif joked that the actor had made it big in the industry because of his father, director David Dhawan.
“You are here because of your pappa,” Saif quipped.
Varun said: “And you’re here because of your mummy (veteran actress Sharmila Tagore).”
Karan then promptly added: “I am here because of my pappa (late filmmaker Yash Johar).”
They then said in unison: “Nepotism rocks”.
— IIFA Awards (@IIFA) July 16, 2017
Varun, well aware of Kangana Ranaut’s dislike for nepotism, took a potshot at Karan saying: “There was a song in your film… ‘Bole choodiyan, bole kangana.”
Karan, with his quick wit, then commented: “Kangana naa hi bole toh achha hai… Kangana bahut bolti hai. (It’s better Kangana doesn’t say anything, she talks a lot)”
When Karan Johar admitted that ‘nepotism exists in Bollywood’
Kangana Ranaut called Karan Johar the flag-bearer of nepotism in Bollywood, and since then Bollywood celebs have been voicing their opinion on nepotism in Bollywood.
While Karan Johar chose to disagree with Kangana, an old video has surfaced where Karan admits that he cast Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt in Student of the Year because they were star kids.
He also admits that he wouldn’t have been a filmmaker had it not been for his father (who was a film producer).
Here’s the video from the chat show hosted by Anupama Chopra.
— Anna Hateway (@anna_hateway) March 26, 2017
Here are some of the things that Karan mentioned in the video:
- I picked up a chubby girl, I saw something…and maybe the fact – that she was Mahesh Bhatt’s daughter also excited me.
- Because Varun was David’s son, he was on the sets as an AD (assistant director) and spent enough time for me to understand that he can be a movie star. Would I have cast Varun Dhawan had he not been David Dhawan’s son?
“If this is nepotism, then definitely, I am guilty. A lot of factors determine movie stardom in our country and I think true talent is the least of them,” said Karan.
“In my biopic, if it is ever made, you will play the stereotypical villain. One who is intolerant of outsiders, the flag-bearer of nepotism in Bollywood and movie mafia,” Kangana Ranaut.