Karan Johar expressed regret at his ‘nepotism rocks’ chant at the 18th India International Film Awards (IIFA) in New York, after Varun Dhawan’s apology. Johar said he takes full responsibility for the joke and it was ‘entirely his idea.’
“Of course I don’t believe that ‘nepotism rocks’. Of course, I believe that only talent rocks. If anything that rocks, it’s your talent, hard work and conviction. It’s the energy you bring to your job. What we said was meant to be a joke, which I think has been misplaced, misunderstood and I think it went wrong. I regret it,” he told NDTV.
“The idea of that joke was entirely mine, so I take onus of the idea of what we said. And I think we went a bit too far with the Kangana mention,” he added.
Talking about his concerns with Kangana he said, “No matter what I say or feel about my issues with what Kangana said on my talk show, Koffee With Karan, I think I was raised to be a dignified, a chivalrous, and a decent person. That’s the upbringing that I was given and I feel that I failed on those accounts. I felt that no matter what my thoughts or personal issues on this, I should not have repeatedly brought that up. For that, I’m deeply regretful.”
Karan and Saif Ali Khan, who were hosting IIFA 2017, reignited the nepotism issue. Varun Dhawan too joined them as he went on the stage to collect his awards.