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There seems to be no respite to the controversy of nepotism in Bollywood. After Kangana and Karan Johar had a faceoff which was famously covered by the mainstream media, the same topic was brought back by Karan Johar again at the recently concluded IIFA. But this time, Karan Johar decided to directly attack Kangana with the help his protégés like Varun Dhawan.
Karan Johar invoked the controversy over nepotism in Bollywood at the IIFA Awards in New Jersey on the weekend, taking a dig at actress Kangana Ranaut in a set piece with colleagues Saif Ali Khan and Varun Dhawan. Karan, son of producer Yash Johar, and Saif, son of actress Sharmila Tagore, co-hosted the IIFA Awards, where Varun Dhawan, son of director David Dhawan, won Best Actor In A Comic Role for his work in Dishoom.
As Varun joined Karan Johar and Saif Ali Khan onstage to collect his award, Saif - who is Kangana's co-star from Rangoon - referenced the debate that caused such turmoil in Bollywood earlier this year. "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."
Obviously this direct dig and ganging up against Kangana Ranaut was not appreciated by everybody specially her friends in Bollywood. There is already a whisper campaign in Bollywood that Karan Johar hasn't been able to forget the public humiliation that Kangana subjected him to recently.
It is also a point that recently Aditya Chopra came under fire on social media for promoting Aadar Jian as the grandson of Raj Kapoor for an upcoming movie. In a way, the launch of the newbie got mired under controversy because he was touted as a Kapoor scion who doesn't bear the Kapoor name.