The Kangana Ranaut-Karan Johar nepotism controversy resurfaced, this time at the 2017 IIFA awards stage.
The ceremonys hosts – Johar and Saif Ali Khan – took a dig at the actress when Varun Dhawan joined them on the stage to receive the award for the best performance in a comic role for “Dishoom”.
Saif raked up the nepotism issue when he joked that the actor had made it big in the industry because of his father, director David Dhawan.
“You are here because of your pappa,” the “Rangoon” actor quipped.
To which Varun replied, “You are here because of your mummy (referring to Sharmila Tagore).”
Soon, Johar joined them and said he was in the industry because of his father, filmmaker Yash Johar.
The trio then shouted, “Nepotism rocks”.
Saif and Varun then sang “Bole chudiyaan” from Johars film “Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham…”
But the director quickly reacted, saying, “Kangana nahi bole toh achha hai (Its good you didnt say Kangana).”
Kangana had fuelled the nepotism debate when she appeared on the “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil” directors chat show.
She had referred to Johar as “the flag bearer of nepotism”, which had not gone down well with the director.
Johar had later criticised actress Kangana Ranaut for constantly playing the “victim card” and blaming Bollywood for terrorising her.
Later speaking at an event, the filmmaker had said, “She’s an exceptional talent. She had an opinion. She said it. Many weeks later I was given a platform and I said what I had to. I don’t know what she meant and why she took it out on me because I have never ever crossed paths with her.”
When reminded that Kangana was a self made actor and her success in Bollywood had come even without a ‘sugar daddy,’ Karan said dismissively, “Then what should we do?”
He said, “First we had national bird and now we have a national word and that is ‘nepotism.’ And when did I become the brand ambassador of this word?”
(With PTI inputs)