- "I think this matter was blown up," said Varun Dhawan
- "Karan has also launched a lot of directors like Shashank Khaitan," Varun
- "Even Sidharth Malhotra isn't from the industry," said Varun
Talking about Kangana's accusation against KJo, Varun said, "Who all has he launched by now? They're all star kids right? Then it's not an accusation, it's the truth."
The Dilwale actor added that Karan Johar has also launched filmmakers, who had do not have any connections within the film industry.
"Karan has also launched a lot of directors like Shashank Khaitan, who is a very dear friend of mine. He is from Nashik and had nothing to do with a film family. He gave a script to Karan, who believed in his dreams. Karan had also made Gippy where he launched a girl...Even Sidharth (Malhotra) isn't from the industry," PTI quoted Varun Dhawan as saying.
Varun Dhawan renewed the debate on nepotism in Bollywood at the IFFA awards along with filmmaker Karan Johar and actor Saif Ali Khan. At the event, the trio mocked actress Kangana Ranaut, who branded KJo as the 'flag bearer of nepotism' on his chat show Koffee With Karan. They declared that they succeeded in the industry because of their parents and chanted 'nepotism rocks' in unison.
Varun Dhawan, Karan Johar and Saif Ali Khan, who faced a lot of criticism for taking a jibe at Kangana in her absence, later apologized.
Varun Dhawan is currently awaiting the release of his film Judwaa 2, co-starring Taapsee Pannu and Jacqueline Fernandez.
(With PTI inputs)