Bollywood actor Saif Ali Khan, in response to the backlash he faced after jokingly taking a dig at Kangana Ranaut, wrote that he had ‘apologised’ to her so he doesn’t ‘owe anybody else an explanation. “The issue is over,” he said.
After Karan Johar and Varun Dhawan made public apologies to the Queen star, Saif penned down a letter which was published on DNA. In the letter, he goes on to say that the comments he made on nepotism with Karan and Varan were meant as jokes.
“It’s not something that I wrote or something I believe in. It was a joke on ourselves, between Varun, Karan and me. It was not supposed to be a big deal, but I realised at some point, that it might have offended Kangana. I called her and apologised personally. That should be the end of it. Everybody needs to take a chill pill and back off,” he wrote.
However, the Rangoon actor wrote that he is aware of the controversy his comments stirred up. Nepotism has always been a hot topic in Bollywood, and when three industry bigwigs yelled “nepotism rocks” in front of thousands of fans at the 2017 IIFA Awards, they were rightfully slammed in the press.
Saif also addressed the negative stories published about the issue. “What I can’t seem to understand are some of the media reactions to this. While most people have been sensible, three reporters from the websites Bollywood Life, The Quint and Elle India, made a point of saying that all I did was use big words like eugenics and genetics,” he wrote, referring to a comment he had made about how it is possible that members of the Kapoor family join the film business because it is in their genes.
The “flagbearer of nepotism,” he said, making a reference to the words Kangana used to describe Karan Johar on an episode of his talk show, “is the media.”
“Nepotism is probably least prevalent in the movie industry and rampant in politics and business,” he wrote, speculating that perhaps what Kangana means when she accuses the industry of nepotism, “is that people from Dharma or Yashraj are against people like her, who have come up the hard way without their support and that they only support their own people.”
“Whether that is true or not, I have no idea and it’s none of my business,” he conceded. “Nepotism cannot work in the film industry because it is a democracy. The film industry is the most fair line of work. So yes, maybe I got a chance because of my mother, but that is more genetics than nepotism. It’s a genetic investment that the producer was making,” he wrote.
“For every star kid, there are many guys and girls from total non-filmi backgrounds. Take Shah Rukh Khan, Sridevi, Madhuri Dixit-Nene, Jackie Shroff. It’s the audience that makes a film a hit and “not the family members.”
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