More than his films, his personal life has been making noise. Karan Johar, who recently became a proud father to twins, has been hogging news for more reasons that one. And the one thing that has kept him at the top slot of all the headlines is the debate on nepotism. While Karan has a lot of times rejected the existence of nepotism in the industry, several Bollywood celebs have constantly taken sides on the same. But an old clip of Karan just emerged, where he is openly accepting practising nepotism. “I am guilty of nepotism.”
Just when KJo thought his latest season of Koffee With Karan was a grand success, and he could go back home a happy host, the unabashed and unapologetic queen of Bollywood, Kangana Ranaut, came on the show and shattered a lot of myths around the ace filmmaker. And out of several honest things she spoke, her statement on Karan being the “movie mafia” and “flag bearer of nepotism” is still having its ripple effects, despite the season wrapping up. Karan had denied that he could be held guilty of nepotism a few days later, ironically in conversation with Anupama Chopra in London.
Three years ago, Karan on Anupama’s show The Front Row said that one of the major reasons behind casting Alia Bhatt in 2012 film Student Of The Year was that she is Mahesh Bhatt’s daughter.
He had said, “For Alia’s part in SOTY, I saw 400 girls, and out of the entire lot, I picked up a chubby girl. May be the fact that she is Mahesh Bhatt’s daughter also excited me. Right now, I would want to say no. But may be at it would have been a very strong sub layer. And that is nepotism. And we are guilty. And I am definitely guilty.”
He added, “Would I have cast Varun Dhawan had he was not been David Dhawan’s son? Because he was David Dhawan’s son is the reason he was on my set as an assistant director, and that is why I spent enough time with him to know that if he could be a movie star.”
The Ae Dil Hai Mushkil director did not stop here. He added, “It’s a lot to do with the fact that there are too many factors in this country that determine movie stardom. And i think true talent is the least of them. This is truly tragic. Would I have been a filmmaker? I’m a producer’s son. I had no experience, I was an assistant on one film. My father had the platform to give me, therefore I’m a filmmaker. So if I go through any struggle, I deserve it.”
— Anna Hateway (@anna_hateway) March 26, 2017
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