Varun Dhawan Tweets An Apology After Nepotism Dig At Kangana Ranaut

In what appeared to have been a coordinated effort, IIFA co-hosts Karan Johar and Saif Ali Khan and Varun, winner of the Best Actor in a Comic Role award, referenced their star kid privilege as Varun collected his trophy

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Varun Dhawan Tweets An Apology After Nepotism Dig At Kangana Ranaut

On Tuesday, the actor has tweeted what seems to be an apology (courtesy IIFA)

New Delhi: 

Highlights

  1. 'I express my apology and regret,' read the tweet
  2. 'I am extremely sorry if I have offended or hurt anyone,' was added
  3. However, Kangana is not mentioned in the tweet
Actor Varun Dhawan, one of the three men who delivered a rather unkind cut to actress Kangana Ranaut at the recently concluded IIFA Awards, has tweeted what seems to be an apology. On Tuesday, some three days after the award show was held in New York, Varun wrote on Twitter: "I express my apology and regret. I am extremely sorry if I have offended or hurt anyone with that act." On Monday night, he tacked on a 'sorry if I let anyone down' to a tweet about how 'amazing' it was to perform at the IIFA Awards. Kangana is not mentioned in either tweet - she wasn't named on stage at IIFA either but there was little doubt who Varun Dhawan, Karan Johar and Saif Ali Khan had in mind when they chanted 'nepotism rocks.'

Varun's tweet has prompted speculation in the comments thread over whether or not Karan Johar will also apologise:
 

In what appeared to have been a coordinated effort, IIFA co-hosts Karan Johar and Saif Ali Khan and Varun, winner of the Best Actor in a Comic Role award, referenced their star kid privilege as Varun collected his trophy. "You are here because of your Papa," Saif Ali Khan told Varun, son of director David Dhawan. The younger actor responded, "And you're here because of your mummy" - Saif is actress Sharmila Tagore's son. Karan Johar, whose father Yash Johar set up Dharma Productions, chimed in, "I am here because of my Papa." All three men then said, "Nepotism rocks."

The backstory to this features Saif's Rangoon co-star Kangana Ranaut, who told Karan Johar on his show Koffee With Karan that he was the "flag bearer of nepotism" in Bollywood. That was several months ago and this new, thinly-veiled barb at Kangana (who wasn't at IIFA) was criticised by Twitter, more so because it was made in her absence.
 
 
 
 

A while ago, Karan Johar addressed the charge of nepotism in his column for NDTV.com, writing: "I accept that nepotism is a reality, that it exists. Nepotism is a result of easy access to an exceptional resource. I acknowledge that my father was a producer and that made my first film, even the idea of it, possible. But let's also not forget that I started as the son of a producer with five failures behind him." It appears that wasn't his last word.

Kangana Ranaut hasn't commented yet.
 

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