Saif Ali Khan, who created headlines in the recent past for taking a dig at Kangana Ranaut through the “nepotism rocks” act at the IIFA Awards, says he himself is against the term and feels it leads to mediocrity. Explaining his stand on the much talked about issue, the Rangoon star said that whatever jokes were made on the award show, he has already explained his side. The actor was present in New Delhi on Thursday, September 28 to promote his next Bollywood film Chef.
While talking to a new agency, the actor not only spoke about the most debatable topic (nepotism) yet again but also said that a lot of people feel very strongly about things like this (nepotism), however, a lot of things get overhyped.
There are a lot of things that get overhyped, but I think a lot of people feel very strongly about things like this (nepotism). They are privileged people and life can be very unfair to them. So, it’s good to discuss this. For the record, whatever jokes were made (on the award show), I have already explained my side.
Further explaining, the son of late cricketer Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi and veteran actress Sharmila Tagore said that he himself has failed to understand the concept of nepotism, whether star children fell under it or whether the talent is somewhere the key.
I am very against nepotism and I think it leads to a lot of mediocrity. But, I still don’t understand whether star children fell under nepotism or whether the talent is somewhere the key. But, definitely being a star kid gets you in the door easily. Then again it depends when people will put their money on you, then you must get it back. The bottom line is — talent is good, nepotism is bad”.
For those who don’t know, Kangana was among the first ones who raised her voice against the existing nepotism in the entertainment industry and called filmmaker Karan Johar a “flag bearer of nepotism” on his popular chat show Koffee With Karan. Since then a lot has been written and talked about it. Later, Karan along with Saif and actor Varun Dhawan poked fun at Kangana at the IIFA Awards in July by saying that “nepotism rocks”. The three of them later apologised for their act.
Directed by Raja Krishna Menon, Chef is slated for a release on October 6.
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