Nepotism Rocks: Yes, Karan, Saif and Varun prove Kangana right!
As we were thinking the nepotism debate had come to an end, the spark was stoked by one of the original participants, Karan Johar, itself. Varun Dahwan, son of famous director David Dhawan, Saif Ali Khan, son of popular yesteryear film actress Sharmila Tagore and Karan Johar, son of late producer and founder of Dharma Production Yash Johar just proved Kangana Ranaut right when they made fun of her – in her absence – in New York during IIFA ceremony.
Karan and Saif, who were hosting the award function, were joined by Varun on stage when he went to receive the Best Performance in a Comic Role for ‘Dishoom’.
"You are here because of your papa," Saif said.
Varun said, "And you're here because of your mummy (veteran actress Sharmila Tagore)."
Karan then promptly added, "I am here because of my papa (late filmmaker Yash Johar)."
They then said in unison: "Nepotism rocks".
Varun then 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)”.
The barb was most obviously directed towards Kangana who had hailed Karan as ‘the flagbearer of nepotism’ in the film industry when she came on his chat show with her Rangoon co-stars Saif and Shahid Kapoor.
And though Kangana admits that she knows what happened in New York a statement by her says she “remains true to her belief and doesn’t want to pay heed to anything beyond that.” Right now she wants to concentrate only on her film, ‘Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi’, which also is her first production venture.
However, though the whole ‘act’ was intended as a joke, the crass exchange between the trio didn’t go unnoticed and social media was soon abuzz with criticisms for Karan Johar, Saif Ali Khan and Varun Dhawan.
One of the Twitter users posted: How is it an ‘insult’ to Kangana If anything it's a crass/tacky display of how shamelessly nepotistic Bollywood.
Added another user: Last night Karan Johar was shamelessly chanting nepotism rocks. So it means he admits that he has no talent and he's just a piece of shit.
Abhishek Singhvi posted: I'd like to see the likes of Karan Johar, Saif and Varun Dhawan try their nepotism humour when Kangana is in their presence. IIFA.
Another fan wrote: I don't know what kind of entitlement you need to actually find 'nepotism rocks' funny. Like yeah it did for you and that makes you a loser!
The above are only few examples of how much disgusted general public was with the whole attitude of these filmi kids. However, the whole episode only goes on to prove that these privileged famous personalities not only refuse to acknowledge the fact that their professional success is because of their background but also shamelessly make fun of people who have made it by their own in this and every profession. When Sonakshi Sinha counters that it’s only obvious that a doctor’s son would want to be a doctor, we agree to a point that a person’s family profession does help him in his or her career when he or she chooses to continue the same but it also makes sense to accept and respect the hard work of people who do not come from the same background.
It is unfortunate that educated and successful people like Saif and Karan talk unabashedly about the issues clogging our mental and social growth, but it hurts to see these same people implicitly supporting these wrong issues.
One Twitter user out of contempt had tweeted about how Saif received Padma award when his mother was one of the authorities. Nepotism is a fact; it is a truth we all have accepted. We all know that Sara Ali Khan would get a great debut or for that matter Karan’s children would flourish in Bollywood, but we should also accept with open arms -- and minds -- that there are people much more capable than these star kids who can make in this industry by their own and would have done better if given a fair chance.