Saif Ali Khan, who was earlier forced to apologise to Kangna Ranaut for taunting her through the “nepotism rocks” act at the IIFA Awards, says he himself is against the term and feels it leads to mediocrity.
“There are a lot of things that get overhyped, but I think a lot of people feel very strongly about things like this (nepotism). They are privileged people and life can be very unfair to them. So, it’s good to discuss this. For the record, whatever jokes were made (on the award show), I have already explained my side,” Khan told media on Thursday while promoting his forthcoming film ‘Chef,’ reports The Indian Express.
“I am very much against nepotism and I think it leads to a lot of mediocrity. But, I still don’t understand whether star children fell under nepotism or whether the talent is somewhere the key.”
“But, definitely being a star kid gets you in the door easily. Then again it depends on when people will put their money on you, and then you must get it back. The bottom line is — talent is good, nepotism is bad,” added the star, who is son of late cricketer Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi and veteran actress Sharmila Tagore.
Ranaut was among the first ones who raised her voice against the existing nepotism in the entertainment industry and called filmmaker Karan Johar a “flag bearer of nepotism” on his popular chat show ‘Koffee With Karan’ (2004).
Later, Johar along with Khan and actor Varun Dhawan poked fun at Ranaut at the IIFA Awards in July by saying that “nepotism rocks.” The three of them later apologised for their act.
Directed by Raja Krishna Menon, ‘Chef’ is slated for a release on 6th October.
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