"It Was Just A Joke And Nothing More To Be Read Into" - Saif Ali Khan On The IIFA Controversy

Divya Rao , 19 Jul 2017
Kangana Ranaut, Saif Ali Khan
Kangana Ranaut, Saif Ali Khan

If you’ve been following the news, you’ll know that the recently concluded IIFA Awards has sparked off a massive controversy. Saif Ali Khan, Karan Johar, and Varun Dhawan made jokes of the nepotism debate and also spoke about Kangana Ranaut. A lot of people slammed the trio saying their comments were insensitive and distasteful. Some even called it bullying.

In an interview with Firstpost, Saif has now come forth to talk about the matter, saying he could’ve handled it better.

To me at IIFA it was just a joke and nothing more to be read into. But now I feel had we given it more thought, we could’ve really finished this ongoing public discourse on nepotism more decisively.

There’s no bad blood. He genuinely admires Kangana but also has a different take on nepotism.

I respect Kangana tremendously for what she’s achieved, for coming up the hard way. We’re a mutual admiration society. She also agrees that despite having illustrious parents, I too have had an uneven beginning in Bombay. I understand what Kangana means by her stance on nepotism, though I have a slightly different take on it. People knew who I was because of my parents but that didn’t necessarily give me an easy ride. Look at the spate of terrible movies I’ve starred in and you know that phase lasted for a long while.

Hmm. Thoughts?

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