We love it when our favourite Bollywood stars answer interview questions with wit and humour. But we also don’t hesitate to call them out on their controversial views. Many celebrities have courted controversy with their statements including Sonam Kapoor, Akshay Kumar and Kangana Ranaut.
#1. Saif Ali Khan on nepotism.
Amidst the ongoing insider-outsider debate the actor, who is the son of Sharmila Tagore and cricketer Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, called himself a victim of nepotism in an interview. He said,
“There is inequality in India that needs to be explored. Nepotism, favouritism and camps are different subjects. Even I have been a victim of nepotism but nobody speaks of that. I’m happy to see more people from film institutes come to the forefront.”
#2. Sonam Kapoor on privilege.
Sonam Kapoor Ahuja acknowledged her star-kid privilege but also called it her karma which was slammed for being elitist and arrogant as it implied that underprivileged people did something wrong to deserve that. She was quoted saying,
“Yes I’m my father’s daughter and yes I am here because of him and yes I am privileged. That is not an insult. My father has worked very hard to give me all of this. And it is my Karma where I am born and to whom I’m born. I’m proud.”
#3. Kangana Ranaut on Urmila Matondkar.
Recently, Urmila Matondkar pulled up Kangana Ranaut for disrespecting Jaya Bachchan and using uncivilized language. The latter responded by calling her a soft porn star. The actress said,
“I saw one very derogatory interview given by Urmila Matondkar. The way she was talking about me, pulling faces, making a mockery about my struggles, attacking me on the fact that I am trying to appease BJP for a ticket. One doesn’t have to be a genius to figure for me it is not very difficult to get a ticket. Urmila is a soft porn star. She is not known for her acting for sure, what is she known for? For doing soft porn right? If she could get a ticket, why wouldn’t I get a ticket?”
#4. Kartik Aaryan on being compared to Ayushmann.
After the trailer for ‘Pati Patni Aur Woh’ launched, the actor received a lot of flak for choosing similar roles in his movies. On being compared with Ayushmann Khurrana and his versatile script choices, Kartik responded by saying,
“It often happens that Ayushmann does films about men with defects while I do films about women with defects.”
#5. Naseeruddin Shah on Kangana Ranaut.
The veteran star opened up about the death of the late Sushant Singh Rajput and expressed disappointment over how everything was handled thereafter. India Today quoted him saying,
“It’s sickening. It is absolutely sickening. I have not followed it. I felt deeply grieved when the young man died. I did not know him but he had a bright future and it was a waste of a life. But I did not bother to follow the nonsense that’s being spouted by a whole lot of people. Every person who has any little frustration in his mind, in his heart, about the commercial industry, has been vomiting it out to the press. It is absolutely disgusting. I mean, keep these complaints to yourself, no one is interested.”
He added, “No one is interested in the opinions of some half-educated starlet who decides to take it upon herself to you know, get justice for Sushant. If there is justice that needs to be done, I think we need to have faith in the process of the law and if it is none of our business I think we should we should not concern ourselves with it.”
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#6. Kangana Ranaut on Deepika Padukone.
The actress tweeted saying, “Repeat after me, depression ka dhandha chalane walon ko public ne unki aukat dikhadi #CBIforShushant #SushantSingRajput #1stStepToSSRJustice.”
India Today quoted her adding, “Truth remains there is no valid medical proof of mental illness, it has become new witchhunt of genuine talent by mediocrity, every extraordinary individual is being subjected to unfair judgements n virtual emotional lynching. Hope this stops. If @deepikapadukone says she suddenly got depressed for a break up which happened 10 years ago, we believe her so give me and Sushant same respect if I say I am not mentally ill or if Sushant’s father says he wasn’t mentally ill believe us also na. Why you forcing illness on us?”
#7. Akshay Kumar on cow urine.
When Huma Qureshi asked him how he managed to drink elephant poop tea on the show ‘Man Vs Wild’ with host Bear Grylls, he answered by saying,
“I wasn’t worried. I was too excited to be worried. I have cow urine because of ayurvedic reasons every day, so that was okay.”
#8. Rohit Shetty on Sara Ali Khan.
Rohit Shetty spoke about ‘Simmba’ actress Sara Ali Khan on a chat show claiming that she had to beg him for work. He went on say that neither Saif Ali Khan nor Amrita Singh called him to hire their daughter and that she faced many hurdles in the industry. She survived purely because of her talent and not familial connections. People disagreed with his statements and said that Sara wouldn’t have had access to him if she was an outsider.
#9. Karan Johar on SSR.
After SSR’s death the filmmaker shared a post on Instagram saying,
“I blame myself for not being in touch with you for the past year….. I have felt at times like you may have needed people to share your life with…but somehow I never followed up on that feeling…will never make that mistake again…we live in very energetic and noisy but still very isolated times …some of us succumb to these silences and go within…we need to not just make relationships but also constantly nurture them….Sushants unfortunate demise has been a huge wake up call to me …to my level of compassion and to my ability to foster and protect my equations…..I hope this resonates with all of you as well….will miss your infectious smile and your bear hug ….💔💔💔”
#10. Raveena Tandon on the dark side of Bollywood.
Raveena Tandon recalled being removed from films by heroes and their girlfriends and how people who speak up for the truth are branded as liars, mad and psychotic through bad press.
“mean girl”gang of the industry.Camps do exist.Made fun of,bn removed from films by Heroes,their girlfriends,Journo chamchas&their career destroying fake media stories.Sometimes careers are destroyed.U struggle to keep afloat.fight backSome survive Some Dont.#oldwoundsrevisited
— Raveena Tandon (@TandonRaveena) June 15, 2020
Do you remember other controversial statements you heard in 2020?