Bollywood is currently in the midst of a difficult conversation about nepotism.
It all started when Karan Johar and Kangana Ranaut ended up having a very public disagreement.
Johar had invited Kangana on his show, Koffee With Karan. In the course of the show, Ranaut suggested that Karan Johar is someone who frequently indulges in nepotism.
Johar kept his cool on the show but days later, during an interview with Anupama Chopra he said, with frightening nonchalance, that Ranaut should leave the industry if she was so bothered by its practices. He then went on to defend himself by saying that he had launched ’12 directors from outside the industry’, thereby insinuating that the allegations of nepotism against him were not entirely true. However, he did not say that he has not practiced or benefitted from nepotism in as many words.
Now, Twitter users have dug up an old video, where Johar unabashedly admits to being guilty of promoting nepotism. During this conversation, again, with Anupama Chopra, Johar even says that both Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt (who he launched in Student of the Year) were cast in his film, largely because of their family backgrounds.
In this video which aired in May 2014, Johar minced no words and said he himself could become a filmmaker because he was a producer’s son. This interview was conducted by Anupama Chopra for her show, The Front Row, and Johar was one of the guests alongside Tisca Chopra, Deepika Padukone, and film journalist and author, Priyanka Sinha Jha.