They say that you are at your worst when you are angry.
All the filters that are there between your brain and your heart comes off when you are enraged.
If you really want to know what the person feels deep inside in his heart about you, then get into a nasty argument with the person. As the argument turns shrill, the layers start coming off. As you raise your voice and point fingers at each other, the high-pitched words that come out of your mouth are nothing but the truth from the deep, dark closets of your heart.
The words might not be part of the whole truth. But that what you feel deep inside about the person.
With the nepotism debate slowly reaching the stage of an angry argument, the usual filters that guide an actor into faking it starts malfunctioning.
Karan Johar has been dealing with the Nepotism debate in his own way, when he tried to justify why he went for Alia Bhatt even though he auditioned 400 hundred girls for the role. Karan justified that Alia was, by far, the best among all the girls he had auditioned because she had an X factor.
“We screen tested over 400 girls from across Mumbai and other cities. This is when Niranjan Iyengar told me that Mahesh Bhatt’s daughter Alia was raring to go and she could just be the right fit for the film. I did her test and was convinced that she had this X factor that could work for the film,” Johar had said at that time explaining exactly how Alia Bhatt got the role through a recommendation of one his closest pal Niranjan Ayenger, when 400 other girls were vying for it but they had no common connection. He also admitted in subsequent interviews that he had somebody else in mind before he decided to bring Alia in for the role of Shanaya Bhatnagar.
One of the audition videos of Alia Bhat was also released. One look at it and you will also notice how prepared she is for the audition. Here is the video.
She also auditioned for Wake Up Sid. But she didn’t get the role apparently.
Here is the audition video of that too.
By Karan’s own admission, Alia was given the help of a dietician and a lead time of three months before she came and faced the camera. That was the exact point when the Nepotism debate started gathering steam because nobody else (an outsider in Bollywood) is expected to get this leeway.
The debate reached the zenith when Kangana Ranaut came on Koffee with Karan and gave it back to Karan the way it should have been. On his face, just like a sudden slap. Though Karan smiled and took the punches, he was angry. Karan was very angry with the way the press and social media hailed it as a victory of Kangana Ranaut.
An angry Karan Johar retorted, “I am so done with Kangana playing the victim card,” in an interview with Anupama Chopra. That part of the interview is not available online but somebody was able to grab it on the her phone and leak it to the media.
Here is the phone grab video.
When the video went viral, you knew that you had hit the right nerves because Karan was really angry and how.
The debate kept on raging as film journalists found out that it was a good question to ask star kids and the same question was reiterated to everybody including Alia Bhatt who answered it in a dignified manner.
The debate raged on and reached its stupidest low when Karan Johar, Varun Dhawan and Saif Ali Khan chanted “Nepotism Rocks” which spread like wildfire and the internet was filled with angry reactions at how the entitled star kids can just make fun of everybody else.
Varun Dhawan: Within hours of publishing this blog where we said how insensitive his whole act was, Varun Dhawan went ahead and posted an apology message on Twitter, two in fact. He didn’t name Kangana directly because probably Kangana never said that she is offended by him. Everybody applauded him for his courage to admit a digression. He eventually bowed out of the controversy.
Karan Johar: He realised that he has not been right all the way. He gracefully took a deep breath and told everybody listening to him that he has not been graceful. More so, he showed great courage in admitting that he didn’t behave in a manner that his parents raised him implying that he has disappointed his parents. People were equally shocked to see how courageous he is and how he mustered the courage to stand in front of the TV cameras and say that he is wrong. His apology was gracefully accepted and nobody said a word. Everybody in Bollywood agreed that Karan Johar found his grace back. He is tracing his way back into the persona that everybody loves him for — a talkative, kid-faced, joke-cracking, partying Bollywood director with talent that can fill up the Indian Ocean.
Saif Ali Khan:
His is a strange case.
Initially nobody bothered about Saif Ali Khan. Like the Koffee With Karan episode between Kangana and Karan, Saif Ali Khan in this case too was just a part of the episode. Nobody asked for his opinion about it, neither did anybody bother about his presence or participation in the IIFA episode. He was there on the stage and that’s it. It didn’t matter whether he apologised or not. It also didn’t matter if he didn’t want to react. There were the least social media mentions about him.
I am taking a guess that this bothered him a lot. I also guess that it disturbed him that nobody was caring about his opinions. Since nobody was reaching out to Saif Ali Khan, he decided to reach out to everybody through the online arm of a newspaper where he chose to write an open letter.
The text of the letter was edited heavily on the desk because it contained a well-written introduction and the letter was well spaced out and coherent. There were no ‘terms’ or high-sounding words thrown into that letter to confuse readers.
Moreover the letter didn’t digress into another convoluted topic. I mean to say, the letter didn’t sound exactly like Saif Ali Khan. For argument’s sake, we will accept that it was written by the Chhote Nawab himself.
But what appeared like Saif Ali Khan was the personal attacks on media houses and journalists. He particularly advised one lady journalist to concentrate on her job and not of actresses (See screenshot below).
Like a Nawab, he proclaimed that the Nepotism debate is over because he has apologised to Kangana Ranaut. Since he has apologised to Kangana, “the issue is over”, the Nawab proclaimed in his kingdom.
Before one could recover from the stupidity of the proclamation, some websites came up with articles claiming that the letter is ‘viral’, when in reality nobody was bothering about it.
It appeared that Saif Ali Khan will get away with the letter since nobody retorted to it and it almost seemed that he is going to have the last word.
But thanks to Kangana Ranaut, the stupidity was put to rest. Her reply to Saif Ali Khan couldn’t have been more apt.
There is nothing more to add other than Kangana has already said.
It is now an anxious wait for the next stupid statement on the Nepotism debate by a star kid or may be, a post on Twitter of what the meaning of the word is, according to the Oxford Dictionary.