Karan Johar’s take on star kids backlash: ‘Tiny percentage’ in films, not a ‘big deal’

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New Delhi: In a recent statement that has sparked a new wave of discussions in Bollywood, filmmaker Karan Johar brushed off criticism regarding the prominence of star kids in the film industry, referring to their presence as a “tiny percentage” compared to the larger workforce involved in filmmaking.

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Karan Johar, known for launching star kids like Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan, Ananya Panday, and Janhvi Kapoor, has often faced scrutiny for promoting nepotism in the industry. However, during a conversation at a Forbes event, the Ae Dil Hai Mushkil filmmaker turned the tables on the nepotism debate.

He said, “When you look at a film set, if you go by sheer data, on a film set if there are 500 people, I can assure you 490 of those people are not from the business at all.” He highlighted that the focus on star kids often overshadows the vast majority of individuals who are not industry insiders but play crucial roles in film production.

Karan pointed out the significant number of non-industry professionals working in his office, ranging from technicians to artists, and added, “But that tiny percentage of star kids that have made into this big big deal about. What about that other kind of actors and directors who are not from the business and doing such incredible work? Why aren’t you giving them the importance they truly deserve?”

The filmmaker’s comments come amidst ongoing debates surrounding nepotism and opportunities for outsiders in Bollywood. Critics argue that star kids have easier access to opportunities and resources compared to those without industry connections. However, Karan’s perspective sheds light on the diverse workforce behind the scenes and the talent outside of star-studded lineages.

Karan Johar’s recent interview

In a lighter moment at a recent event, Karan engaged in a playful exchange with actor Rana Daggubatti during a rapid-fire session. When asked to name his favourite “kid” among stars like Varun Dhawan, Sidharth Malhotra, and Alia Bhatt, Johar humorously navigated the question, ultimately naming Alia Bhatt as a “safer answer.”

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