IIFA 2017 managed to stir a lot of controversy, at the epicentre of it all were Varun Dhawan, Karan Johar and Saif Ali Khan. They were criticised for their tasteless “Nepotism rocks” act and mud-slinging at Kangana Ranaut in her absence.
Bollywood Actor Varun Dhawan has now come forward and apologised for his participation in this act at the IIFA Awards in New Jersey.
Varun, son of director David Dhawan, Karan Johan son of producer Yash Johar and actor Saif Ali Khan, son of famous parents Sharmila Tagore and Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, clearly from privileged backgrounds made fun of a woman who stood upto the problems of the film industry with their crass chant.
All three received flak with people calling their act “disappointing”, especially because this year many spoke about empowerment of women and equality.
Varun tweeted post the criticism, “I express my apology and regret… I am extremely sorry if I have offended or hurt anyone with that act.”
— Varun Dhawan (@Varun_dvn) July 17, 2017
I express my apology and regret .. I am extremely sorry if I have offended or hurt anyone with that act..
— Varun Dhawan (@Varun_dvn) July 18, 2017
Karan and Saif, who were hosting the award show, revisited the much-talked about nepotism issue that started when actress Kangana Ranaut branded Karan as a “flagbearer of nepotism” and “intolerant of outsiders” on his chat show “Koffee With Karan”.
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After the incident, a string of criticism followed over Twitter, describing what the personalities said as crass and joking about Kangana in her absence as highly unfair.
Three overgrown children got on stage at #IIFA2017 and hollered “nepotism rocks”. Real mature. Mantastic.
— Coconut Kanmani (@HazeedaVijay) July 17, 2017
— Navta vij (@NavtaV) July 18, 2017
Three men up against one woman!!!😶clearly that woman was able to kick some balls😊😊nepotism sucks. Nothing to be Proud of
— Sherien Patadien (@shirjahan) July 18, 2017
Guess, you can always count on privileged men to attack a woman who dares speak her mind.