When Karan Johar came out with Student Of The Year, fans couldn’t stop praising Alia Bhatt’s spectacular beauty and also the hunks Varun Dhawan and Sidharth Malhotra. Of course, the term ‘nepotism’ wasn’t in much vogue back then. The term came to limelight when Manikarnika actress Kangana Ranaut accused KJo of nepotism in his very own chat show Koffee With Karan. Ever since then, Karan Johar has been accused of ‘promoting only star kids’ every now and then. When he announced his ambitious project Dhadak, which had Sridevi’s daughter Janhvi Kapoor and Shahid Kapoor’s half-brother Ishaan Khatter, Twitter again raised a finger at the Dharma Productions honcho for never giving a chance to budding talents in B’wood.
On Wednesday, Karan Johar released two posters of Student Of The Year 2. But this time, cinephiles can see way beyond the star cast of his project. What they saw was ‘Jackie Shroff’s son’ and ‘Chunkey Pandey’s daughter’ in the film. They weren’t happy with the star cast, as the actors didn’t look like ‘students’ at all.
Here is the CLASS OF 2018! Ready...Set....See you in the theatres on 23 November 2018! #SOTY2@iTIGERSHROFF Tara, Ananya @apoorvamehta18 @punitdmalhotra @DharmaMovies @foxstarhindi @SOTYOfficial pic.twitter.com/4TGW4IGUvv— Karan Johar (@karanjohar) April 11, 2018
And finally! Presenting ANANYA - joining class of 2018 at Saint Teresa! Welcome to the movies! #SOTY2 @iTIGERSHROFF @apoorvamehta18 @punitdmalhotra @DharmaMovies @foxstarhindi @SOTYOfficial pic.twitter.com/GdPvv1wM3h— Karan Johar (@karanjohar) April 11, 2018
As soon as he dropped the posters, Twitterati had only one thing to say and that is ‘Nepotism’. “LOL! What if I pull the two of you out of the class and make you stand out cos of the unrecoverable damage you are causing to the #IndianFilmIndustry! We deserve better!” wrote one user. The cinephiles are visibly angry at the filmmaker for depriving the Indian audience of the better talent than the star kids.
why u take efforts to even cast this actors when just their cardboard cutting would do a similar job— RUDRESHH (@rudr123) April 11, 2018
Kya hua sir Aap tho India next super star keep winner ko lene wale the na so y Alanna pandey bcoz she is daughter of celebrity kids it's won't work at all— Nirmal duggad (@jainirmal1) April 11, 2018
Nepotism rockss— Karan Modi (@KaranModi12) April 11, 2018
We have talented actress like patralekha searching for work despite being so freaking talented and we have these starkids herd offered films on platter for their gym bodies 😒— GoT (@Thecolddragon) April 11, 2018
In November 2017, Karan Johar announced the second instalment of his 2012 hit Student Of The Year. He wrote on Twitter, “The FRANCHISE continues!!!! The college opens its doors to a new Student! @iTIGERSHROFF #StudentOfTheYear2 directed by @punitdmalhotra @foxstarhindi @DharmaMovies @apoorvamehta18.”