- "It haunts me," said Karan
- "It has become like 'mera saaya'," he added
- Karan Johar was asked about nepotism
"I told somebody that I have developed 'nepospasm'," Karan quipped, reported PTI. It appears that the filmmaker is just not willing to attach any more importance to the debate: "It has been following me everywhere. Suddenly, it has become fashionable. Can we just get rid of it and start focusing on good content," he said at the film fest's press conference.
But it was only last month when Karan referenced to 'nepotism', calling himself and actors Akshaye Khanna and Sonakshi Sinha "brand ambassadors" of nepotism. It was during a promotional event for Ittefaq when the filmmaker said: "On the platform, today, there are two non-nepotistic people - Shah Rukh Khan and Sidharth Malhotra and rest of us - Sonakshi Sinha, daughter of veteran actor Shatrughan Sinha, Akshaye Khanna, son of late actor Vinod Khanna, Abhay Chopra and Kapil Chopra, sons of late filmmaker Ravi Chopra, are the brand ambassador of nepotism. As we stand together, it speaks a volume about how worth they are equally, efficiently and correctly."
After Kangana set the nepotism debate rolling, Karan Johar directed several of his jibes at the actress for her comments. The IIFA awards this year also saw Karan, Varun Dhawan and Saif Ali Khan chant 'nepotism rocks' on stage - something which the trio was widely criticised for. While Karan and Varun apologised, Saif wrote a lengthy open letter, throwing in words like 'genetics,' 'eugenics' and 'campism', to defend his views on the matter.
(With PTI inputs)