For people who are fresh to the gossip columns of Bollywood, here is a little update on the nepotism and racism that self exposed recently in the industry. It all began when Kangana Ranaut and Saif Ali Khan reached Karan Johar’s talk show Koffee With Karan to promote their film Rangoon. On her appearance at the Koffee With Karan, she labelled Karan Johar as the “flag bearer of nepotism,” and thereafter, the two took digs at each other in public. So much so, that a lot of mudslinging was involved in it.
The drama resurfaced after a fake debacle. At the IIFA stage just a few days ago, Varun Dhawan along with hosts of the evening, Karan & Saif took a dig on Kangana while hailing nepotism. The dialogue exchange went like- “You are here because of your papa (David Dhawan),” Saif quipped. Varun said: “And you’re here because of your mummy (veteran actress Sharmila Tagore).” Karan was quick to add, “I am here because of my papa.” Then this happened and the three grown men said “Nepotism rocks” in unison.
Varun Dhawan has publicly apologized for his act on IIFA stage.
Later Karan Johar felt the need to correct his image and made a statement- “This is something I need to say and clarify. Of course, I do not believe that nepotism rocks. If anything rocks, it’s talent, hard work, conviction and the energy you bring to the job you do.”
While people were still recovering from the IIFA disaster, it was Nawazuddin Siddiqui who caught everyone’s attention with his racism claim. We wonder what made the extraordinary actor tweet about shallow biases in the film industry on the basis of skin colour. It was only last year that Nawazuddin claimed that there is no racism in the industry. “I think there is no racism in this film industry. They are only in need of talent though it takes time, if you are talented you will get your due. I am thankful to be part of this industry,” he was quoted as saying in an earlier interview. Then he said this and raised questions.
It is really a big bad world after all, tough for outsiders to penetrate the industry and even tougher to be accepted like an industry’s own. Nepotism has existed and will exist in the Indian Film Industry and it is definitely not worth hailing!
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