'Nepotism row': I called Kangana and apologised personally, Saif Ali Khan

At the recently held IIFA event, filmmaker Karan Johar and actors Saif Ali Khan and Varun Dhawan took a potshot at Kangana Ranaut by chanting ‘nepotism rocks’. Social media users highly slammed the trio for taking at dig at the ‘Queen’ actress. Feeling the pressure, Karan Johar apologized to Kangana at a television interview while Varun seeks apology to Kangana on social media. Saif Ali Khan was left to seek apology to his ‘Rangoon’ co-star which he has finally done.

In an open letter, Saif Ali Khan, wrote that he had “apologised” to her, and he doesn’t “owe anybody else an explanation. The issue is over.”

He says it was just a joke, “It’s not something that I wrote or something I believe in. It was a joke on ourselves, between Varun (Dhawan), Karan (Johar) and me. It was not supposed to be a big deal, but I realised at some point, that it might have offended Kangana (Ranaut). 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.

Saif wrote about 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 BollywoodLife, The Quint and Elle India, made a point of saying that all I did was use big words like eugenics and genetics,” he wrote.

He then went ahead to attack the journalist who wrote the article in Elle. “As for the girl from Elle: I’m sorry you found words like eugenics in a conversation about nepotism misplaced. Perhaps if you got your head out of the hemline of the actress of the month and read a book, your vocabulary might improve.”

“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.

Saif also said that “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,” he wrote, and “not the family members.”