Karan Johar, in a 2014 video that recently resurfaced, says he cast Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan because they were, respectively, the children of Mahesh Bhatt and David Dhawan. Speaking to Anupama Chopra, on her show ‘The Front Row with Anupama Chopra’, he further states that he got his break because of his father, who gave him a platform.
— Boycott Nepotism (@anna_hateway) March 26, 2017
According to the Oxford Dictionary: Nepotism
The practice among those with power or influence of favouring relatives or friends, especially by giving them jobs.
Yes, sorry. It’s a bit – well – tacky to give dictionary definitions but some occasions do call for it, and this is one such.
You see, Kangana Ranaut went on Karan Johar’s talk show Koffee With Karan Season 5, and – to the delight of many people watching, told KJo that he was the “flag bearer of nepotism in Bollywood”.
Karan, gentleman that he was, in all generosity and magnanimity and with no intention to build up TRP ratings for his show, allowed that section to stay, unedited, uncensored, in the final show. In fact, he used it in the marketing and promotions of the episode, again proving he was no mean man.
But confusingly, a few days later, the same KJo made the following comment, while talking to Anupama Chopra on the sidelines of a LSE event:
“She was my guest and I had to hear what she had to say. When she says ‘Flag-bearer of nepotism’, I want to say to her, I am glad she knows what it means.”
Perhaps the Karan Johar of 2014 should tell the Karan Johar of 2017 that nepotism indeed means what Kangana meant, and that if anyone needs a lesson in the meaning of words, it is the Karan Johar of 2017.