It seems like we are criminals, says Karan Johar during nepotism debate at MAMI Movie Mela

Karan Johar was in conversation with Alia Bhatt and Ranbir Kapoor at the Jio MAMI Movie Mela where the three discussed the subject of nepotism. Earlier this year, Kangana Ranaut had fueled the nepotism debate after she called Johar the "flag bearer of nepotism" on his chat show.

By: PTI | Mumbai | Updated: October 8, 2017 1:06 pm
karan johar, alia bhatt, ranbir kapoor, nepotism, jio mami movie mela Karan Johar, Alia Bhatt and Ranbir Kapoor discussed nepotism at the Jio MAMI Movie Mela. Picture credit: Varinder Chawla

Actors Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt are grateful of the fact that they are a product of nepotism but they are equally aware that eventually it is the hard work that matters the most. At the Jio MAMI Movie Mela, filmmaker Karan Johar was in conversation with the two actors and quizzed them on their views on the ever-trending hashtag. The director said nepotism had become “the awful word of the season”.

“It seems like we are criminals. It’s like everywhere we are slapped with legal notices as we are children of parents who are within the film industry,” Karan said. According to Ranbir, the topic has become a part of a sensitive conversation, which cannot be trivialised anymore. “It is a sensitive conservation. At one point you could be amused by it, but it is sensitive thing now. My great-grandfather worked hard so that he could give his children the opportunity to do something in life. So on and so forth and it came to me. When I have children, I would like them to have that opportunity and then see how good they are,” the actor said.

Drawing parallels between movie stars and politicians, Ranbir said, “Even my father said, people in the field of politics and entertainment are chosen by the public. You may get your first film from the campaign but unless people like you, you are not going to be chosen as a star.” The ‘Jagga Jasoos’ actor says he is a product of nepotism and he does not shy away from it. “I know I got the opportunities easier than anybody else and I am grateful for that. I don’t want to take advantage of it. I want to prove myself with the work and opportunities I am getting (and) I think I am doing good. I am trying to do my best.”

karan johar, alia bhatt, ranbir kapoor, nepotism, jio mami movie mela Picture credit: Varinder Chawla

Alia agreed with Ranbir and said she is grateful for all her professional pursuits. “I wanted to be here (in films), this was my dream. My connection to the family has made things easy for me. Nepotism exists. It exists in Bollywood, the business world and during admissions in schools as well. I don’t know if it is a good thing or not. I love my work. I give my 100 per cent. I work hard. I don’t want to feel apologetic about where I am today. Neither (do I) feel apologetic about being my father’s daughter.”

karan johar, alia bhatt, ranbir kapoor, nepotism, jio mami movie mela Picture credit: Varinder Chawla

Kangana had fueled the nepotism debate when she appeared on Karan’s chat show. Since then the issue has become a talking point in B-town. At this year’s IIFA Awards, Karan and Saif Ali Khan took a dig at the ‘Simran’ actor, when Varun Dhawan joined them on the stage to receive an award, and shouted “Nepotism rocks!” from the stage.

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  1. A
    an observer
    Oct 12, 2017 at 1:28 am
    I liked when Rk called the nepotism issue a sensitive thing. Kjo has a petty mind and proves himself as a very insecure person. I think he forgot when John Abraham once called him a clanist on his last show on on kwk. He never called him back afterwards. Nepotism does exist and others may suffer and the high budget films circulate majorly among those who have strong hold on the industry. Having said that, talent survives in the end. Nevertheless I feel disgusted when I come across the types of sk, srk, sak, Kjo statements and their arrogance. KR is a very bold and brave girl to have spoken about it.
    1. C
      Oct 10, 2017 at 11:54 am
      Of course, nepotists are criminals in any field. The poor kid from poor neighbourhood could have made it if you kept it open. Just give that poor kid a chance to keep film industry transparent, he/she might fail in trying, but nepotists just kill/block them by occupying their places.
      1. Udayraj Patil
        Oct 9, 2017 at 5:09 pm
        Except family of film industry whom you gave chance but not the talent people So people like you are criminal to Karan Johar
        1. B
          Oct 8, 2017 at 1:36 pm
          Karan thought like a janani he could add some indirect swipes at Kangana but Ranbir shut him up! Move on KJO.