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Karan Johar and Kangana Ranaut agree on the definition of nepotism, as this old interview shows

When Kangana Ranaut called him “the flag bearer of nepotism” in the Hindi film industry, Karan Johar didn’t take it very kindly.

Alluding to the now infamous Koffee With Karan show where those now famous words were uttered , Karan told film critic Anupama Chopra during a (later) Q and A session at a London university:

“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.”

Guilty as charged: Karan Johar, Kangana Ranaut, and their now infamour nepotism row has got a fresh boost

Apart from not knowing the meaning of nepotism, Karan also accused Kangana of playing the “woman card, and the victim card”.

His remarks earned him and Kangana several brownie points, especially when she responded with .

But an old interview clip of Karan’s — with, once again, Anupama Chopra — from 2014 shows that whether or not Kangana understands the meaning of “nepotism”, Karan does understand it. And what’s more, he believes that he’s been guilty of it as well.

While we take a moment to appreciate that, here’s a look at those relevant portions from his 2014 interview:

“[Referring to casting Alia Bhatt in Student of The Year] I picked up a chubby girl… I saw something… And I can’t lie. Maybe the fact that she is Mahesh Bhatt’s daughter also excited me. Right now, I’d like to say no, but maybe back then, it was a really strong sub-layer [sic]. And that is nepotism and we’re guilty. I’m guilty.

Would I have cast Varun Dhawan if he was not David Dhawan’s son? Because he is David Dhawan’s son, he was on my sets as an AD, and that’s why I spent enough time with him and got to know that he can be a movie star.

There are too many factors in this country that contribute to movie stardom, true talent is the least of them.”

[Anupama and Karan’s fellow guests on the show, Deepika Padukone and Tisca Chopra say at this point: “That’s so sad.” Karan then continues:]

“It is truly tragic.

Would I have been a filmmaker? I’m a producer’s son. I had no experience. I was an assistant on one film. My father had the platform to give me and that’s why I’m a filmmaker. And so if I go through any struggle in my career, I deserve it.”

From 2014, when he had a perfectly lucid understanding of what comprises nepotism to 2017, when he did an about-turn on the subject, Karan’s beliefs sure have undergone quite the sea-change.

Watch: This hilarious parody video shows what’s wrong with Salman and ‘Main hoon Hero tera’

Tu mera Hero number 1‘. ‘Palat tera Hero idhar hai‘. ‘Main tera Hero‘. And now, there’s ‘Main hoon Hero tera‘.

Screenshot from YouTube video.

The world might be changing quickly but Bollywood’s obsession with old, cliched and cheesy formulae to create the same lame category of songs by jumbling up words already used might not change for a long time. One of Bollywood’s favourite words, apart from ‘pyaar‘ and ‘dil‘ seems to be ‘Hero’.

And the latest actor to make another song out of ‘Hero’ is, not surprisingly, Salman Khan. However, if listening to Salman’s probably auto-tuned voice and watching the disastrous acting of Sooraj Pancholi and Athiya Shetty in ‘Main hoon Hero tera‘ makes you sick, you will love the parody of the song.

The original song shows the word ‘Sooraj’ tattooed on Sooraj Pancholi’s back. The parody shows the words ‘Doobta Sooraj’ on the character playing Sooraj Pancholi.

The parody video also has the actor playing Salman sing out some tips for Sooraj Pancholi. “Protein shake maarke pehle tu mere jaisi body bana” is one of those profound tips.

The most hilarious of these tips, of course, is when Salman teaches Sooraj the importance of being a virgin in the parody video. Arguably the funniest part of the video is when Sooraj and Salman are together meditating and continuously chanting, “I’m a virgin.”

The song also takes a hilarious dig at the nepotism which is rampant in the Indian film industry.

You can watch the entire video here: