KJo admits to being guilty of nepotism. Kangana must be REALLY pleased
Kangana Ranaut’s comment on Karan Johar’s chat show Koffee With Karan stirred up a storm in Bollywood. While the Queen of Bollywood did not shy away from calling KJo the “flag-bearer of nepotism” in Bollywood and “movie mafia”, the filmmaker hit back at her by saying that she doesn’t understand the true meaning of the term.
The 44-year-old filmmaker during an interaction with Anupam Chopra in London recently defended himself by saying that he has given many directors, who are no where linked to Bollywood, a chance to make movies. And that is definitely not nepotism.
But flashback to 2014, Karan had a different take on the nepotism debate. And a video from that year has opened up a can of worms wherein Karan himself can be seen admitting to being guilty of nepotism.
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.”