One of the highlights of this years most awaited IIFA awards was the nepotism remarks made by the evenings host Karan Johar and Saif Ali Khan along with actor Varun Dhawan. The film maker’s and actor’s “Nepotism rocks” chants on stage were directed at Kangana Ranaut who was not present at the awards night.
After facing a lot of backlash over the act by the Twitterati, Varun Dhawan tweeted what seems like an apology. Varun wrote: “I express my apology and regret. I am extremely sorry if I have offended or hurt anyone with that act.”
In an interview with NDTV, Karan Johar apologised for the tasteless act. “This is something that I need to say and to clarify. Of course, I do not believe that nepotism rocks. Of course, I believe that only talent and hard work rocks,” he said. The director added, “What we said was meant to be a joke, and I think it was misplaced, misunderstood and I think it went wrong. I regret it. The idea of that joke was entirely mine, so I take total onus. I think we went a bit far with the Kangana mention.”
The bone of contention between the two actors seemed to be Kangana Ranaut’s comment on tv show Koffee with Karan, where she called Karan Johar the “flagbearer of nepotism” in Bollywood
The director admitted to being “ungraceful” and added “No matter what I feel about what Kangana said on my talk show, I feel that I was raised to be a dignified, chivalrous and decent person. That’s the upbringing that I was given, and I feel that I failed on those accounts. No matter what my thoughts or personal issues on this, I should not have repeatedly brought up this issue. So for that, I am deeply regretful,”
The controversy began when Varun Dhawan walked upto the IIFA stage to receive the award for Best Actor in a Comic Role, Saif Ali Khan who was hosting the show along with Karan Johar joked that the actor made it big in Bollywood because of his father, director David Dhawan, to which Varun replied “And you’re here because of your mummy (veteran actress Sharmila Tagore). “Karan chimed in, “I am here because of my papa (late filmmaker Yash Johar).” The trio then said in unison, “Nepotism rocks”.
Saif And Varun later sang “bole chudiyaan bole kangana” the hit song from Karan Johar’ Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham to which Karan Johar said, “Kangana na hi bole toh he achcha hai,” on the IIFA stage.
Karan Johan in his last words said “I want to once and for all say and close this chapter after this and subsequently I will not speak about nepotism nor Kangana because it would be distrustful for her and it would be ungraceful at my end, which I’ve already been. Nepotism is easy access, nobody can deny that, but what you do with that access is what moulds you into a professional.”