After Varun Dhawan apologised for his snide nepotism comment on Kangana Ranaut at the recently concluded IIFA 2017 Awards event, Saif Ali Khan has broken his silence. The 47-year-old actor said,”To me at IIFA it was just a joke and nothing more to be read into. But now I feel had we given it more thought, we could’ve really finished this ongoing public discourse on nepotism more decisively.”
During the IIFA 2017, Varun Dhawan, Saif Ali Khan and Karan Johar had taken a funny jibe at three-times National Award winner Kangana Ranaut over her allegations of nepotism against the Ae Dil Hai Mushkil director on Koffee With Karan. The remark did not go down with some sections of the society and the trio was lambasted on social media. Saif said that he had a different take on nepotism. The actor, who will be seen in Kaalakandi, said that things did not begin on an easy note for him in early days of his career despite being the son of Sharmila Tagore.
“Look at the spate of terrible movies I’ve starred in and you know that phase lasted for a long while,” he said. Saif witnessed a lean patch in his career before starring in Farhan Akhtar’s Dil Chahta Hai. The defining point in his career arrived when he played the antagonist Langda Tyagi in Vishal Bhardwaj’s Omkara in 2006.
” We are privileged also in terms of getting an opportunity to meet a producer, which in itself is an advantage. But beyond that, only your talent can sustain you. There are also many star kids who are actors and directors who people aren’t so interested in because they perhaps lack the talent,” he told leading website in a freewheeling interview.
Nepotism and campism
Saif, who will be seen in Netflix’s first Indian original series Sacred Games, said Kangana might have talked about people promoting their near ones.”Which is disturbing but not that much different from say the studio system where say a Universal or a Paramount promotes their lot. It’s actually a business. Nepotism is like Donald Trump putting his son at the helm of things instead of someone more suited for the job.”
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