Bollywood filmmaker Karan Johar has apologised for taking a jibe at Kangana Ranaut at the recently held IIFA Awards. Karan was accompanied on stage by actors Saif Ali Khan and Varun Dhawan at grand event which was held in New York last weekend. The trio chanted “nepotism rocks” as a joke but the world did not think it was funny at all.
Has Karan run out of creativity? Well, the act was followed by major criticism that rocked him back to his senses.
Speaking to NDTV, he said, “Of course I don’t believe that ‘nepotism rocks’. Of course, I believe that only talent rocks. If anything that rocks, it’s your talent, hard work and conviction. It’s the energy you bring to your job. What we said was meant to be a joke, which I think has been misplaced, misunderstood and I think it went wrong. I regret it.”
Varun Dhawan also tweeted an apology yesterday (Tuesday), but Karan has taken entire responsibility for the unpleasant joke.
I express my apology and regret .. I am extremely sorry if I have offended or hurt anyone with that act..
— Varun Dhawan (@Varun_dvn) July 18, 2017
“The idea of that joke was entirely mine, so I take onus of the idea of what we said. And I think we went a bit too far with the Kangana mention,” he said.
Earlier, Kangana appeared on Karan’s show, Koffee With Karan where she called him “the flag bearer of nepotism” in Bollywood. Karan did not take this well and has since attacked her on several occasions. “Nepotism rocks” was seen as a direct taunt aimed at her once again.
“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,” Karan told NDTV.
And he’s decided to put an end to the debate/controversy. “I want to once and for all say and close this chapter after this, and subsequently I will not speak about nepotism nor Kangana because it would be distrustful for her and it would be ungraceful at my end, which I’ve already been. Nepotism is easy access, nobody can deny that, but what you do with that access is what moulds you into a professional.”