Varun Dhawan, Saif Ali Khan and Karan Johar at IIFA Awards
After sparking off a controversy with his nepotism debate at the IIFA Awards in New Jersey over the weekend, filmmaker Karan Johar, actors Saif Ali Khan and Varun Dhawan received flak on social media with Twitteraties calling their act ‘disappointing’. Karan and Saif, who were hosting the gala, revisited the much-talked about issue that started in Bollywood when ‘Queen’ star Kangana Ranaut branded Karan as a “flagbearer of nepotism” on his chat show.When Varun Dhawan joined the two actors on the stage at the Metlife Stadium to receive the Best Performance in a Comic Role for ‘Dishoom’, Saif joked that the actor had made it big in the industry because of his father, director David Dhawan. “You are here because of your papa,” Saif Ali Khan quipped.Varun said: “And you’re here because of your mummy (veteran actress Sharmila Tagore).”Karan then promptly added: “I am here because of my papa (late filmmaker Yash Johar).”They then said in unison: “Nepotism rocks”. On Twitter, a string of criticism followed, describing what the personalities said as unfunny and joking about actress Kangana Ranaut in her absence. Here are some tweets:
How is it an “insult” to Kangana? If anything it’s a crass/tacky display of how shamelessly nepotistic Bollywood IS https://t.co/qmqTHjZ2aH
— Aditi (@awryaditi) July 17, 2017
When the cabal of 3 gang up and ridicule one of the finest actresses, it’s proof of Nepotism in Bolly. Shame on u Johar, Khan, Dhawan
— Vikrant Gupta (@vikrantgupta73) July 17, 2017
Nepotism exists everywhere, but few communities can be as consistently tone-deaf as Bollywood.
— Raja Sen (@RajaSen) July 17, 2017
Men who are part of #Bollywood thanks to nepotism & privilege make fun of a woman who spoke up against it. Real classy, guys #IIFAAwards2017pic.twitter.com/NUD5sqgEzp
— Sanobar (@SanobarFatma) July 17, 2017
Three Products of Bollywood Nepotism made fun of someone doubly marginalized-A woman & an outsider,yet achieved. Guess who was proved right?
— ruchi kokcha (@ruchikokcha) July 17, 2017
#KaranJohar teaching #bollywood & his students how to disrespect a woman’s views, who have made it all on her own with no support #nepotism
— Annuzzzz_!! (@Dranumaya) July 17, 2017
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