In (non)issues that have definitely gone far beyond the stretching point, the omnipresent issue of nepotism takes the top spot. For those blessed souls who have somehow managed to stay far away from the Karan Johar – Kangana Ranaut magnum opus, here’s the gist. Kangana Ranaut finally made an appearance on season 5 of the TRP-tripping controversial chat show for celebrities by a celebrity, Koffee With Karan.
She, with her Rangoon co-star, Saif Ali Khan showed up for movie promotion in general, and to shred Karan’s ego in particular. Well, at least that’s what it looked like from Kangana’s perspective. Not exactly a filter-friendly person, but on KWK, Kangana seemed to have come with the sole purpose of ensuring that for once Karan listens more, talks less. By calling him the ‘flag-bearer of nepotism’ and the ‘movie mafia’ – Kangana started off what looks like a never-ending and pretty futile debate on nepotism in the film industry.
In a world where old money rules the roost be it in business, politics or arts, of course nepotism exists. Karan Johar – whose father founded Dharma Productions – hiring lead actors from among his friends and their kids merely completes the vicious cycle that the film fraternity thrives on. Due to enormous media hype, and several click-baity headlines that kept the news in the public eye – Karan Johar has responded (yet again) – in hopes of putting the issue to rest. Whereas in his last response he asked Kangana to quit ‘playing the victim card’ and ‘leave the industry’ if she feels so sidelined, in this slightly more cogent write-up for a leading publication, Karan has ‘explained’ the logic behind his nepotism.
The reason is as simple as this : the kind of lead actors Karan Johar wants to cast (great English, looks like a star, appeals to the urban poor and urban rich at the same time) don’t turn out to be good actors. This dearth of talent among kids not from the industry is the reason why star kids are hired, he says. (You can read the full article here)
When he shared his article with his 10.3 million followers on Twitter, quite a few had the same niggling problem with it. Gist? Get over it.
@karanjohar Haha!One comment & u can’t take it.Just imagine how she must have felt when you made fun of everything abt her. Karma, sweetie!
— hell yeah (@CherryColaZing) March 29, 2017
@karanjohar your answer is reason why Hollywood movies are doing more business in India than Bollywood, cuz they dont cast star kids 🙂
— Chirag Sharma (@chiragsharma09) March 29, 2017
— Pramod Nanjappa (@pramodnanjappa) March 29, 2017
@karanjohar I agree with you. In fact you should have called out another set of people responsible for spread of nepotism – Audience.
— Amit Mehra (@amitmehra) March 29, 2017
— Sanjana Prakash (@sanjana_p) March 29, 2017
— Maya (@IamMayaSharma) March 29, 2017
— kishor (@kishorkg29) March 29, 2017
@karanjohar accept it gently.nepotism is there in bollywood n everywhere.many talented ppl dn get chance n many get because of their parents
— Brijesh Popat (@popatbrijesh) March 29, 2017
— Varun Kumar (@locked737) March 29, 2017