"Would I have cast Varun Dhawan if he was not David Dhawan's son?"
A viral video has released, contradicting film director Karan Johar’s recent denial on practising nepotism. The old video shows the director actually admitting it exists in Bollywood!
It comes after he recently criticised actress Kangana Ranaut for complaining about the issue in Bollywood. Kangana dubbed Karan as the “flagbearer of nepotism”.
He denied the claims, saying he had helped stars such as Shakun Batra and Puneet Malhotra “a platform to stand on”.
However, the old video resurfaced on social media, where he admits that there is nepotism in Bollywood. He even went on to admit that he has used nepotism and benefited from it in the past!
Karan Johar made an appearance on Anupama Chopra’s show The Front Row back in 2014. As such the video details their conversation, as the film-maker talks about Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan.
Referring to Alia, he said: “I picked up a chubby girl… I saw something… And I can’t lie. Maybe the fact that she is Mahesh Bhatt’s daughter also excited me.
“Right now, I’d like to say no, but maybe back then, it was a really strong sub-layer. And that is nepotism and we’re guilty. I’m guilty.”
He also added: “Would I have cast Varun Dhawan if he was not David Dhawan’s son? Because he is David Dhawan’s son, he was on my sets as an AD, and that’s why I spent enough time with him and got to know that he can be a movie star.”
As if to seal the nail in his coffin, Karan Johar then said:
“It is truly tragic. Would I have been a filmmaker? I’m a producer’s son. I had no experience. I was an assistant on one film. My father had the platform to give me and that’s why I’m a filmmaker. And so if I go through any struggle in my career, I deserve it.”
Watch the Viral Video here:
— Boycott Nepotism (@anna_hateway) March 26, 2017
This video and Karan Johar’s comments in it completely contradict what he said in response to Kangana Ranaut. After she appeared on his show Koffee with Karan, and joked about his role in nepotism within the industry, Johar retaliated:
“I’m done with Kangana playing the woman and the victim card. I am done! You cannot be this victim every time who has a sad story to tell about how you have been terrorised by the bad world of the industry. Leave it then.”
These comments are sure to leave Karan Johar in some hot water. As of yet, he has not made a definitive statement on them.
It will be very interesting to see how he responds, and whether he stands by what he said before. Stay tuned!