Karan Johar has come out to defend nepotism charges against him that have been churning for quite some time. He has written that he is fed up of this nepotism row and added in frustration that, “Everywhere I go, the word nepotism chases me. I run, but it finds me! Once upon a time, people didn’t know what nepotism was or care what it means now it feels like it’s become the national word. We don’t just have a national bird, it feels like now we have a national word too!” He revealed his thoughts in an open statement written to NDTV.
It all started with KJO’s celebrity chat show “Koffee with Karan” with popular actress Kangana Ranaut. On his show, Kangana had referred to Karan as the flag-bearer of nepotism in the industry. Karan did not retaliate on his show but later lashed out at Kangana for playing the ‘victim’ card. Since then ‘nepospasms’ have been ruling Karan’s life.
Karan accepts that nepotism has been a part and parcel of the industry and that it’s not an easy job to remain relevant in the industry for 20 years. He also writes that to remain relevant he will do whatever it takes.
“To stay relevant in this industry over 20 odd years is not easy – and I’ll do what it takes. Nothing matters more to me than the commerce of my art. The success of my company, my legacy: these are of paramount importance to me. Unabashed and unapologetic,” he indicated.
He writes that he is not an NGO but a business with bottom lines and budgets. He also adds that if he will gain from launching Shahrukh Khan’s son, he will do that. He also highlights the fact that Siddharth Malhotra was never a part of the industry and it’s him who has launched him but nobody talks about that.
“I have also launched Sidharth Malhotra who has nothing to do with anyone, but why bother mentioning that! And, by the way, Kangana has done a Dharma film. We have offered roles recently to Nawazuddin Siddiqui and to Irrfan Khan which they have turned down! And that’s fine, I hope we’ll be able to work together later. They are not obliged to do films they don’t think will work for them, and I am not obliged to cast anyone unless I think it works for the movie.”