Karan Johar, Varun Dhawan and Saif Ali Khan had been at the receiving end of public wrath after they ridiculed Kangana Ranaut for her comments of nepotism.
Apparently, they were hosting IIFA Awards 2017. During one segment they chanted "Nepotism Rocks" which did not go well with the audience. "You are here because of your Papa," Saif Ali Khan said. To which Varun Dhawan responded, "And you're here because of your mummy." Karan Johar added, "I am here because of my Papa." The trio then said in unison: "Nepotism rocks."
The jibe did not go down well and people reacted strongly to the distasteful humour. After receiving a massive backlash, they have apologized for their remarks.
Varun Dhawan was the first to go into damage control mode, apologising profusely on his social media feed post the backlash. He wrote on Twitter, "I express my apology and regret .. I am extremely sorry if I have offended or hurt anyone with that act.."
Saif himself addressed the blazing controversy in an interview to FirstPost, saying “I respect Kangana tremendously for what she’s achieved, for coming up the hard way. We’re a mutual admiration society. She also agrees that despite having illustrious parents, I too have had an uneven beginning in Bombay. I understand what Kangana means by her stance on nepotism, though I have a slightly different take on it. People knew who I was because of my parents but that didn’t necessarily give me an easy ride. Look at the spate of terrible movies I’ve starred in and you know that phase lasted for a long while.”
Karan Johar himself apologises unconditionally for it. "Of course I don't believe that 'nepotism rocks'. Of course, I believe that only talent rocks. If anything that rocks, it's your talent, hard work and conviction. It's the energy you bring to your job. What we said was meant to be a joke, which I think has been misplaced, misunderstood and I think it went wrong. I regret it.
No matter what I say or feel about my issues with what Kangana said on my talk show Koffee With Karan, I think I was raised to be a dignified, a chivalrous, and a decent person. That's the upbringing that I was given and I feel that I failed on those accounts. I felt that no matter what my thoughts or personal issues on this, I should not have repeatedly brought that up. For that, I'm deeply regretful.
I want to once and for all say and close this chapter after this and subsequently I will not speak about nepotism nor Kangana because it would be distrustful for her and it would be ungraceful at my end, which I've already been. Nepotism is easy access, nobody can deny that, but what you do with that access is what moulds you into a professional,” he told NDTV.
The actress Kangana Ranaut has not spoken about the controversy yet.