It all began on the latest season of Koffee With Karan. The episode starring Kangana Ranaut saw some firecrackers when the Queen actor took a dig at Karan by calling him the flag-bearer of nepotism. She added that Karan is "intolerant" towards outsiders in the industry.
While Karan took all of it with a pinch of salt at his chat show, but during his recent stint at the London School of Economics, he did not spare Kangana. He talked at length about the meaning of nepotism and lashed out at the Tanu Weds Manu actor for her comments.
Karan said that he was gracious enough to let Kangana speak her mind at his chat show, and now this is a platform for him to say it all.
He said that he is done with Kangana playing the woman card and the victim card. He added, "You cannot be this victim at every given point of time who has a sad story to tell about how you have been terrorised by the bad world of the industry, leave it."
And clearing his stance on being accused of nepotism, Karan said, "She was my guest and I had to hear what she had to say. She has a right to have an opinion. When she says 'Flag bearer of Nepotism', I just want to say her, I am glad she knows what it all means. I don't think she has understood the entire meaning of the term."
He added that he has launched a handful of filmmakers who are not from filmi background, and that is exactly the opposite of nepotism.
"What is nepotism? Am I working with my nieces, nephews, daughters, cousins? And what about those 15 filmmakers, who are not from the film industry, who I have launched and who did the movies. That we're not going to talk about! Tarun Mansukhani, Puneet Malhotra, Shakun Batra, Shashank Khaitan, they all come from no film background. You give these people film careers and they have a platform to stand on and that's the reverse of nepotism," he added.
— Neha Bhatt (@iAmNehaBhatt) March 5, 2017