The popular nepotism debate was started by starlet Kangana Ranaut in March this year. She appeared on filmmaker Karan Johar’s talk show “Koffee with Karan” and accused him of being intolerant of outsiders in the industry. Kangana also called KJo the “flag-bearer of nepotism”. And with this began the year’s biggest Bollywood controversy that triggered various reactions from other Bollywood stars. This comment by the ‘Queen’ actress had nearly blown over, but resurfaced at the IIFA awards which took place on the 15th of July in New York.
The award function was hosted by Karan Johar and Saif Ali Khan. When Varun Dhawan came onto the stage to receive his award for “Best actor in a comic role” for his work in the movie “Dishoom”, the three of them took a major dig at the twice national award winning actress.
It all started when Saif pulled Varun’s leg by saying he only made it big in the industry because of his father, David Dhawan. He said, “you are here because of your pappa” to which Varun replied, “you are here because of your mummy” referring to veteran actress Sharmila Tagore. Soon after Karan Johar joins the banter saying he is in the industry due to his father, late filmmaker Yash Johar. Then the trio chants in chorus “Nepotism Rocks”.
After that Varun and Saif dragged the matter forward by singing the song “Bole Chudiyaan Bole Kangana…” from Johar’s 2001 hit movie “Kabhie Khushi Kabhie Gham” and to that Karan using his quick wit said “Kangana naa hi bole toh achha hai… Kangana bahut bolti hai” (it’s better Kangana doesn’t say anything, she talks a lot).
Many members of the film fraternity agreed with Karan Johar and many of them said this nepotism debate was blown highly out of proportion. Now, all we can do is lie low and see if this incident fuels the already lit fire.