Varun Dhawan has apologised for his “Nepotism rocks” act at the IIFA Awards in New York this year, that created a stir over social media last week. The act was orchestrated to take a dig at Kangana Ranaut and her comment on filmmaker Karan Johar’s talk show that he was the ‘flagbearer of nepotism’.
Varun, son of veteran filmmaker David Dhawan, along with Karan Johar and actor Saif Ali Khan, brought up the nepotism debate yet again at the awards gala. Later, all three of them received flak on social media with the Twitterati calling their act “disappointing”.
“I express my apology and regret… I am extremely sorry if I have offended or hurt anyone with that act,” Varun tweeted on Tuesday.
Karan and Saif, who were hosting the gala, revisited the much-talked about nepotism issue that started in Bollywood when Kangana Ranaut branded Karan as a “flagbearer of nepotism” on his chat show.
When Varun joined the two actors on the IIFA 2017 stage to receive the Best Performance in a Comic Role award for Dishoom, Saif joked that the actor had made it big in the industry because of his father.
“You are here because of your papa,” Saif quipped.
Varun said, “And you’re here because of your mummy (veteran actress Sharmila Tagore).”
Karan then promptly added, “I am here because of my papa (late filmmaker Yash Johar).”
They then said in unison, “Nepotism rocks”.
Later on, a string of criticism followed over Twitter, describing what the personalities said was unfunny and joking about Kangana in her absence was unfair.
The nepotism debate has played out over the last few months, with both Kangana Ranaut and Karan Johar taking turns to take potshots at each other.