These days, the word nepotism has almost become synonymous with Bollywood. People complain about star kids receiving projects on a silver platter, while others have to struggle to find work in the film industry. And the one filmmaker who has bore the brunt of this debate is Karan Johar, who was once again accused of nepotism when he unveiled the cast of Student Of The Year 2.
Accused of favouring star kids on multiple occasions, even by actors like Kangana Ranaut, the filmmaker was trolled by twitteratis for launching Ananya Pandey, yet another star kid. This has been a recurring topic for Karan, who was also criticized a few months ago for launching Ishaan Khatter and Janhvi Kapoor in the upcoming film Dhadak. On announcing the final cast of the film, many started questioning the casting choice, claiming there were better, more established actors struggling to find work. This is what people on Twitter had to say:
Here is the CLASS OF 2018! Ready…Set….See you in the theatres on 23 November 2018! #SOTY2@iTIGERSHROFF Tara, Ananya @apoorvamehta18 @punitdmalhotra @DharmaMovies @foxstarhindi @SOTYOfficial pic.twitter.com/4TGW4IGUvv
— Karan Johar (@karanjohar) April 11, 2018
His Dharma is Nepotism
— Nilesh Rane (@nile_ren) April 12, 2018
Great this is world record for producing great Nepotism kids to Bollywood with the biggest Nepotism production company in India you and especially Karan johar deserves Bharat ratna for this
— Maya (@Maya25570388) April 11, 2018
— Amruth Rathore (@AmruthRathore) April 11, 2018
Karan johar be like: mujhe naa talent dikhayi deta hai naa sunayi deta hai bass ek hi word sunayi deta hai…NEPOTISM
— Satyajeet (@9211bangali) April 11, 2018
Kangana Ranaut was right when she called you flag bearer of nepotism in Bollywood
— Abhishek (@abhishek2526) April 11, 2018
This time though, it looks like Karan Johar is done justifying his casting choices, saying that he won’t bother trying to defend himself. This is what the filmmaker said on Twitter yesterday:
Dear justification…sometimes you are considered a sign of admission of guilt or then a sign of weakness..so you are abandoned from my life dictionary as of today! I am now replacing you with Conviction! Sue me if you like ! My lawyer Self belief is with me!
— Karan Johar (@karanjohar) April 12, 2018
While this debate on nepotism won’t be stopping anytime soon, it will be interesting to see how the filmmaker tackles the issue later. He is also launching Sara Ali Khan this year, in Rohit Shetty’s Simmba, where she will star opposite Ranveer Singh. Meanwhile, Student Of The Year 2 has started filming and is scheduled to release on November 23 this year. The film features Tiger Shroff and newcomers Ananya Pandey and Tara Sutaria in leading roles, and is directed by Punit Malhotra.