Karan Johar, Varun Dhawan and Saif Ali Khan had been at the receiving end of public wrath after they ridiculed Kangana Ranaut for her comments of nepotism.

Apparently, they were hosting IIFA Awards 2017. During one segment they chanted “Nepotism Rocks” which did not go well with the audience. “You are here because of your Papa,” Saif Ali Khan said. To which Varun Dhawan responded, “And you’re here because of your mummy.” Karan Johar added, “I am here because of my Papa.” The trio then said in unison: “Nepotism rocks.”

The jibe did not go down well and people reacted strongly to the distasteful humour. After receiving a massive backlash, they have apologized for their remarks.

Varun Dhawan was the first to go into damage control mode, apologising profusely on his social media feed post the backlash. He wrote on Twitter, “I express my apology and regret .. I am extremely sorry if I have offended or hurt anyone with that act..”

Saif himself addressed the blazing controversy in an interview to FirstPost, saying “I respect Kangana tremendously for what she’s achieved, for coming up the hard way. We’re a mutual admiration society. She also agrees that despite having illustrious parents, I too have had an uneven beginning in Bombay. 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.”

Karan Johar himself apologises unconditionally for it. “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.

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.
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,” he told NDTV.

The actress Kangana Ranaut has not spoken about the controversy yet.


  1. Good to se that they apologize and acknowledge their privilegies. I doesn’t take away their talent but self made stars like Kangana have double merits !

    • That’s why I love kangana
      C is really queen of my heart and Bollywood
      I don’t care ki uski movies flop ho rahi hai but c has power ki WO sabko line par laa sakti hai
      Love u for that kangana( one woman army)

  2. It was a just a Joke dude. Award shows used to be awesome when SRK & Saif used to host it. Nowadays, you have to apologise for everything.

  3. Next is to apologize to Ajay Sir you pervert Karan johar the most controversial idiot i know!! Sorry B arena and indicine thats where i place Kjo!

    • And you wanna know where I place that Devgn?
      He had bashed Karan Johar for roping in Pakistani actor in ADHM. He had criticised the selection cum casting of Pakistani artists citing the boycott as a retalliation. Now, contrary to his remark, he himself has a Pakistani singer singing in his film(Baadshao). Such a hypocrite is your Ajay Devgn.

  4. The biggest example that nepotism rocks and not talent,– Gangu Teli sallu. Now we hardly see any mindblowing supremely talented newcomer like we saw in the 90’s like SRK, and before that Sridevi and Madhuri. Now even the biggest newcomer Alia Bhatt seems like nothing in front of Madhuri Dixit and Sridevi. Aamir, although a product of nepotism, is talented.

    • bhai salim khan koi bada star ya bada celebrity nahi tha uska koi pahuch nahi tha yadi aisa hota toh bhai biwi ho to aisi film me supporting actor ka role nahi karta wo bhi bade film se debut karta

  5. Doston nepotism nahi hota to srk.irfan khan.nwaz.manoj bajpai.rajkumar rao.jimmishergil .sushant singh top star hote india ke na ki salman.aamir.hritik.ranbir.varun islie sahi main nepotism rock ker rha hai

  6. who would have given chance to some one like Saif , the way he looks in 90s, in movies– No one else if he had been outsider.

    So does Tiger and new brigade : Shetty daughter etc etc…

    Thats why there is hardly talent in today’s stars (even singers or composers are ordinary) and no one has charisma to be superstar.

    It is also reason movie like Baahubali do 1300 cr business but movie from Bollywood is not even able to do more than 500 cr.

    Bollywood is mutually admirer club and so does its sites and magazine. I was laughing so hard when an online survey of one magazine said that Kaabil is best movie of 2017 till now.

  7. Pehle hakla bhi aise he comments krta tha sab per. Jinke pas telant ni hota or kismet se kuch ban jate h wo he krte h aisi harkat. Inke hisab se bollywood inhi k baap ka hai. Koi bahar se uth kr agay agya to inki jalne lagi. Indians ko dhire dhire achi movies dekhne ki adat ho rahi hai. Ab inka boriya bistra bandhne wala haii

    • srk ne kb kis actor k bare me comment kiya h ? bs social issues pr apna openion bataya h ,vese too har stars diya h openion even aamir sur sallu ne bhi ,aur talent h bhi chance milna musqil h cinema industry me agar filmy background nahin hota talenr bhi nhi hota too wo movie industry me aa hi nhi paega ,srk became with his talent ,n without nepotism ,aur ksbhi utni achieve karkw dekhna tu bhi smjhega wo position bas yeha baithke faltu faltu bolne se kych ho nhi paega

    • First learn to spell “talent” then talk about talent. Having a sense of humour is not equal to insulting. It’s a rare example that an outsider becomes such a phenomenal superstar because of his talent and hardwork. And he has more classics in his bag then all your autowala stars put together.

  8. the problem is.. kangana got carried away for delivering hits on her own.. now see her state.. she needs to be extremely careful when she takes on the likes of karan J.. and the mighty salman…he end is inevitable!


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