‘Nepotism’ in Bollywood: Who said what

Talk about nepotism in the film industry and Karan Johar’s name gets dragged into it without much efforts. Here are all the controversies around nepotism in Bollywood.

Kanagana Ranaut is the only leading actress who has been openly talking about nepotism in the industry and openly criticising the top actors/directors for indulging in nepotism.

Recently, Kangana was asked if she would help her child if he/she would want to become an actor 20 years down the line. Here’s what she said, “If I do that, the possibility of him being a good director will be 50 per cent. If I really care for him as a mother, I will let him find his own way, because he can make a good living out of anything, anywhere. But if I want him to be an extraordinary person, I must throw him into the sea. He will either drown or make it.”

Kangana even gave an example from her own life. She said that her brother is “struggling” to become a pilot for the past four years and that he is looking for a job. But she would never make any call to help him.

Meanwhile, Karan Johar recently took a dig at Kangana.

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“I don’t love this subject, somebody else does. Ab hum bolega toh bologe ke bolta hai. Toh I have left it to that person to do all the talking and I will continue to do my job,” said Karan Johar when asked if he loved the term nepotism.

Kareena Kapoor says ‘nepotism does not exist’, cites Ranveer Singh

Kareena Kapoor Khan says Nepotism does not exist in Bollywood, gives example of new superstar ‘Ranveer Singh’.

Kareena Kapoor Khan, along with sister Karishma Kapoor were present at The India Today Conclave 2018 when Kareena was asked a question on nepotism by journalist Rajdeep Sardesai; she was asked if nepotism exists in the film industry.

Kareena said nepotism does not exist in Bollywood.

Kareena replied: “There are so many superstars from yesteryears and not all of their children are a superstar. If nepotism exists, they would have been a big star by now. The fact that Ranveer Singh has become the new superstar of Bollywood who does not come from a film family proves the fact that they become superstar out of their sheer talent and hard work. Nepotism does not exist”.

“I think it is about the talent that takes you where you go. When you are on-screen, anybody can make or break you; anyone can make a judgment on you irrespective of you are a daughter or grandchildren of someone. And for a youngster who has a huge family and legacy behind, is much tough to make a mark,” added Karishma.

Karan Johar gets flak for ‘Nepotism’ for announcing Sairat remake ‘Dhadak’ with Starkids

Karan is back in the news for nepotism, and this time the barbs are not from Kanagana Ranaut. Its from the public in general, after Karan Johar announced the launch of ‘Dhadak’ (remake of Marathi blockbuster film Sairat) with star kids Jhanvi Kapoor (Sridevi’s daughter) and Ishaan Khattar (Shahid Kapoor’s half-brother).

Ever since Karan (KJo) was announced the film, people have been criticizing Karan on social for signing only ‘children of stars or celebrities’.


Here are some sarcastic and hilarious tweets directed at KJo.







After Varun, Karan & Saif apologise too for their ‘nepotism rocks’ chant at IIFA 2017

After Varun Dhawan apologised, Karan & Saif have tendered their apologies as well for their ‘nepotism rocks’ chant at IIFA 2017. With apologies coming in, I don’t think Kangana will now feel the need to open her mouth on the incident, as people have already responded (criticised the three) on her behalf.

Filmmaker Karan Johar and Actors Saif Ali Khan & Varun Dhawan’s ‘nepotism’ act (taking potshots at Kangana Ranaut) at the IIFA 2017 backfired big-time on them. Realizing that their joke on nepotism hasn’t gone down well with the fans, the trio regretted doing the act and for hurting people’s feelings.

First it was Varun who apologised, and later Karan and Saif too apologised for their acts.

Here’s what Karan Johar said as part of his apology.

“Of course, I believe that only talent rocks. If anything that rocks, it’s your talent, hard work and conviction. No matter what I say or feel about my issues with what Kangana said on my talk show Koffee With Karan, I think I was raised to be a dignified, a chivalrous, and a decent person. That’s the upbringing that I was given and I feel that I failed on those accounts. I felt that no matter what my thoughts or personal issues on this, I should not have repeatedly brought that up. For that, I’m deeply regretful.”

Here’s what Saif Ali Khan said.

“I understand what Kangana means by her stance on nepotism, though I have a slightly different take on it. People knew who I was because of my parents but that didn’t necessarily give me an easy ride. Look at the spate of terrible movies I’ve starred in and you know that phase lasted for a long while.

We are privileged 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.

It’s easy to confuse nepotism with genetics. Maybe there is something in the genes too that makes many of Raj Kapoor’s descendants actors or Pataudis cricketers. I think it’s actually eugenics and genetics that’s coming into play,” said Saif Ali Khan (sounds more like an explanation than an apology).

With fans expressing their disappointment on social media over Varun, Karan Johar and Saif Ali Khan’s nepotism act (and probably daddy David Dhawan giving some ‘gyaan’ to his son), Varun Dhawan tweeted, “I express my apology and regret… I am extremely sorry if I have offended or hurt anyone with that act.”


“Nepotism doesn’t rock. It sucks. And @karanjohar Saif & @Varun_dvn look like total losers mocking Kangana from the IIFA stage.I dare you to chant “Nepotism Rocks” in the presence of #KanganaRanaut. She has scared you enough to go 3 against 1,” Rajdeep Sardesai’s tweets.

“It was a silly, immature gag. And also badly written. I am against nepotism and unfair privilege, but I also think we are all guilty of it, across sectors. Sadly it’s the system, not the doing of a few. Giving sifarish for friends to get jobs?? Are we not trusting our children to work in the family business when better qualified people exist outside? All this is nepotism. First let’s fix that before we take the moral high ground,” says Writer-filmmaker Apurva Asrani.

Some actors are now employing family members to manage them when qualified management agencies exist outside (Salman Khan recently sacked his professional manager ‘Reshma Shetty’ to let his family take care of his career and finances)



IIFA 2017: Karan, Saif, Varun say ‘Nepotism Rocks’, take a dig at Kangana

At the IIFA 2017, Karan Johar, Saif Ali Khan, Varun Dhawan had some fun on stage, acknowledging they were the products of nepotism, and while on the topic, they took a dig at Kangana Ranaut as well.

Remember “Queen” star Kangana Ranaut branding Karan as a “flagbearer of nepotism” on his chat show (Koffee with Karan)?

Filmmaker Karan Johar, Saif Ali Khan and Varun Dhawan (they all belong to film families) didn’t shy away from bringing up the nepotism debate at the IIFA Awards event in New York.

Here’s how their conversation went.

When Varun joined the two actors on the stage to receive the Best Performance in a Comic Role for “Dishoom”, Saif joked that the actor had made it big in the industry because of his father, director David Dhawan.

“You are here because of your pappa,” Saif quipped.

Varun said: “And you’re here because of your mummy (veteran actress Sharmila Tagore).”

Karan then promptly added: “I am here because of my pappa (late filmmaker Yash Johar).”

They then said in unison: “Nepotism rocks”.


Varun, well aware of Kangana Ranaut’s dislike for nepotism, took a potshot at Karan saying: “There was a song in your film… ‘Bole choodiyan, bole kangana.”

Karan, with his quick wit, then commented: “Kangana naa hi bole toh achha hai… Kangana bahut bolti hai. (It’s better Kangana doesn’t say anything, she talks a lot)”

Kangana Ranaut fights Bollywood’s family business, Karan Johar says don’t play “victim card” all the time


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Kangana Ranaut has no filmy background, nor did she have any godfather before she entered Bollywood. He has not done any film yet opposite any of the ‘Top Khans’. Despite that Kangana Ranaut is one of the most sought after and top aid actresses in Bollywood.

She took on Hrithik, openly says that she does not need a Khan to make a movie a super hit, and now she seems to have irritated Karan Johar as well.

Bollywood is dominated by the Khans, Kapoors, Chopras and Roshans (its similar down south as well). The film industry is more of family business (its similar in business as well as politics).

Karan, after maintaining silence for some time (probably waiting for his twins to be born), has now made it clear which side he is on.

“I am done with Kangana playing the woman card and the victim card. I am done. You cannot be this victim at every given point of time who has this sad story to tell about how she has been terrorised by ‘bad Bollywood’. If it is that way then leave,” Johar said during a session with Anupama Chopra at London School of Economics, India Forum.

It all started with the episode of “Koffee With Karan”, where Kangana Ranaut had come to promote her movie ‘Rangoon’ (the movie failed to match the hype at the box-office).

On an episode of “Koffee With Karan”, Kangana had said “Johar would be perfect to play the role of a stereotypical Bollywood biggie who is snooty and completely intolerant to outsiders. Flag-bearer of nepotism. The movie mafia in her biopic if it is ever made.”

Karan Johar was gracious enough not to edit Kangana’s views…

While Karan did not agree with Kangana’s comments, he still aired her comments as he respected her point of view.

“She had a great prospective and point of view. Everyone lauded her for coming on to my show and (how she) ‘gave it off to Karan’. I was gracious enough to not cut anything and let it be that way. I could have edited it as it was my show. I cut none of it. I said, ‘No, let the world listen to her opinion and she must voice it’. I gave her the platform,” Karan

Kangana may have taken a few years to reach where she is today, but she has been hitting headlines ever since she stepped into the industry. Be her looks, her accent, her English, her link ups, her frank opinions, everything has been in news.

So how many more Bollywood Biggies will the girl from Himachal take on?

Only time will tell, but one thing is for sure…the Queen is here to stay, and she is not the one to indulge in diplomacy. So you can expect more fireworks in the future, with her bad ass attitude and super hit blockbusters.

Kangana pairs with AIB to take nasty jabs at Bollywood bigwigs (Video)

Just when we thought Kangana Ranaut would stop after Aap ki Adalat, she’s paired with AIB and come up with a video that takes jabs at the Bollywood biggies – Karan Johar, Shah Rukh Khan, Hrithik Roshan and several others.

“The Bollywood Diva Song” featuring Kangana Ranaut is one of the best things that you will see for some time now, on the internet.

The song is basically a series of one-liners put together that taunts the biggies. For example, one of the line is “Papa ne tujhko launch kiya ve, Main boli toh tune taunt kiya ve, tu karti victim play.”

The song is a rehashed version of Chittiyan Kalaiyan, the refrain to which goes “Coz I have a vagina rey.”

Watch: AIB feat. Kangana Ranaut – The Bollywood Diva Song

I’m sure you would have guessed that the guy in the video is shown as SRK

Can you guess the names of all the celebrities Kangana took a dig at?

When Karan Johar admitted that ‘nepotism exists in Bollywood’

Kangana Ranaut called Karan Johar the flag-bearer of nepotism in Bollywood, and since then Bollywood celebs have been voicing their opinion on nepotism in Bollywood.


Koffee with karan

While Karan Johar chose to disagree with Kangana, an old video has surfaced where Karan admits that he cast Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt in Student of the Year because they were star kids.

He also admits that he wouldn’t have been a filmmaker had it not been for his father (who was a film producer).

Here’s the video from the chat show hosted by Anupama Chopra.


Here are some of the things that Karan mentioned in the video:

  • I picked up a chubby girl, I saw something…and maybe the fact – that she was Mahesh Bhatt’s daughter also excited me.
  • Because Varun was David’s son, he was on the sets as an AD (assistant director) and spent enough time for me to understand that he can be a movie star. Would I have cast Varun Dhawan had he not been David Dhawan’s son?

“If this is nepotism, then definitely, I am guilty. A lot of factors determine movie stardom in our country and I think true talent is the least of them,” said Karan.

“In my biopic, if it is ever made, you will play the stereotypical villain. One who is intolerant of outsiders, the flag-bearer of nepotism in Bollywood and movie mafia,” Kangana Ranaut.

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