Nepotists and outsiders can work equally efficiently: Karan Johar

Nepotists and outsiders can work equally efficiently: Karan Johar

At the press meet of Ittefaq, Karan Johar cited examples of the film's producer Shah Rukh Khan, and lead actor, Sidharth Malhotra, to make the point. Karan is the co-producer of Ittefaq, which also stars Sonakshi Sinha and Akshaye Khanna. The film releases November 3.

Director-producer Karan Johar, yet again, addressed the nepotism row, at the press conference of Ittefaq.

Filmmaker Karan Johar cannot resist talking about nepotism, despite having repeatedly gotten into trouble over it throughout the year. The legit debate was spearheaded by actor Kangana Ranaut in February when she appeared on Johar’s chat show and called him the “flag-bearer” of nepotism. Since then, the filmmaker has not left a single opportunity to address it, with or without being asked, with seriousness sometimes and jokingly at other occasions.

The press meet of his upcoming co-production, Ittefaq, that happened today became yet another opportunity for him to mention nepotism.  As he stood with the film’s team- co-producer Sha Rukh Khan,  Sonakshi Sinha, Sidharth Malhotra, Akshaye Khanna, debutante director Abhay Chopra and creative producer Juno Chopra, both of them are late filmmaker BR Chopra’s grandsons- Johar pointed out to the mediapersons that this group was a fine example of a successful co-existence of star kids and outsiders.

Lacing his comment with humour, which is his signature style, Johar said, “At the two ends of this line, we have two non-nepotistic people (standing) and in the centre are the brand ambassadors of nepotism. Sidharth Malhotra and Shah Rukh Khan do not represent nepotism, which also speaks volumes about how both can work equally, efficiently and correctly.” Those present on the stage and in the audience erupted into laughter.

This was a reminder of the Johar’s act on the stage of Indian International Film Awards (IIFA) stage in July, in which the filmmaker, along with actors Varun Dhawan and Saif Ali Khan, in an attempt to take a jibe at the nepotism controversy, said, “Nepotism rocks.” Soon after the act went live, the trio began receiving backlash on social media, from audience and mediapersons, for coming across as arrogant and trivialising the debate, which is important to the film industry.