Karan Johar said: “Of course I don’t believe that ‘nepotism rocks’. Of course, I believe that only talent rocks. If anything that rocks, it’s your talent, hard work and conviction”
Filmmaker Karan Johar spoke exclusively to NDTV about his comments on nepotism – made at the IIFA Awards – and actress Kangana Ranaut. Mr Johar, 45, and actors Saif Ali Khan and Varun Dhawan have been criticised for chanting “Nepotism rocks” at the award show in New York last weekend, seen as a jibe at Kangana. Speaking to NDTV, Karan Johar said, “Of course I don’t believe that ‘nepotism rocks’. Of course, I believe that only talent rocks. If anything that rocks, it’s your talent, hard work and conviction. It’s the energy you bring to your job. What we said was meant to be a joke, which I think has been misplaced, misunderstood and I think it went wrong. I regret it.”
Varun Dhawan, who won an award for Best Actor in a Comic Role, tweeted an apology yesterday, but Karan Johar told NDTV that it was his idea. “The idea of that joke was entirely mine, so I take onus of the idea of what we said. And I think we went a bit too far with the Kangana mention,” he said. The three men – all sons of Bollywood insiders – invoked each other’s famous parent on stage at IIFA, ending by chorusing “Nepotism rocks.” It has been seen as a taunt directed at Kangana Ranaut, who told Karan Johar on his show Koffee With Karan earlier this year that he was “the flagbearer of nepotism” in Bollywood.
Mr Johar told NDTV, “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.”
Source : NTDV