Unfortunately, Karan Johar can’t seem to catch a break. The director-producer has been in the news ever since Sushant Singh Rajput‘s shocking death. Angry netizens have blamed Karan for being a flagbearer of nepotism and allegedly boycotting Sushant. Karan who was previously very active on social media has maintained a stoic silence ever since the online hate towards him, other Bollywood big-wigs, and star kids became intense.
But that hasn’t stopped others from commenting or giving their opinions on the nepotism angle of things. Most recently, Aamir Khan‘s brother Faissal Khan talked about an incident he had with Karan Johar at his brother’s 50th birthday bash. While talking to Bollywood Hungama, Faissal revealed that there is favouritism and bias within the industry.
If your work flops, they don’t treat you well; they don’t even look at you and it has happened with me. On my brother’s 50th birthday, I was looked down upon by someone, I don’t wish to take the name. But, Karan Johar acted weird with me; he put me down. He insulted me when I was trying to talk to someone and trying to disconnect with the person I was talking to. So, a lot of such things have happened and even I have been through it.
He further added that after Mela, a movie in which he appeared beside his brother Aamir, he would be appreciated for his craft, but he was sidelined. Talking about the insider-outsider debate he said that it wasn’t impossible for an outsider to make it citing examples of Shah Rukh Khan, Ayushmann Khurrana, and Akshay Kumar. He said while industry kids might have the first-mover advantage because their parents can help them, it’s only talent that’ll keep them sustained. He also said that there are more chances of insiders failing because they got the chance and yet they didn’t succeed.
At the end of the day, you’ll get a break in the industry due to nepotism and favouritism. If your father is a big director then he can make a few calls and people to cast you, but you will have to prove your worth in the end. There’s no theory or formula for success. There are going to be new people coming in both from the insiders and outsiders. In fact, I think that the rate of insiders flopping is higher than that of the outsiders because you get the chance but you’re not successful.
Faissal is currently working on his movies Factory and Danger.