- Star kids should grow beyond their name: Karan Johar
- Karan Johar is producing Dhadak, starring Sridevi's daughter Janhvi
- Dhadak releases on July 20
The debate on nepotism started after Kangana Ranaut labelled Karan Johar as the "flagbearer of nepotism," when she made an appearance on his chat show in 2016. "I know that word (nepotism) was doing around for last two years and I am again perhaps encouraging the same concept... but I will not utter the word. But I want to say, they are not here because of that word, but because of their hard work," IANS quoted him as saying.
When Karan was asked how he ended up casting Janhvi and Ishaan in the lead roles for Dhadak, he told the media that in order to depict an innocent love story on-screen, he needed "first-time talent." The filmmaker also shared how he had heard a lot about Janhvi Kapoor from his designer friend Manish Malhotra and decided to meet her. "When I met her personally, I saw her potential to be on-screen and saw that spark and excitement," said Karan. Talking about Ishan, he said "I was judging a show with Shahid (Kapoor) where Ishaan happened to meet him on the set. So I just saw Ishaan and got a glimpse of a certain body language, expression and personality. So, I instinctively decided on him."
(With inputs from IANS)