Karan Johar Attends PM’s Swearing-in Ceremony, Is Disappointed with the Lack of Star Kids in Cabinet

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Karan Johar Attends PM’s Swearing-in Ceremony, Is Disappointed with the Lack of Star Kids in Cabinet

Illustration: Robin Chakraborty

PM Narendra Modi’s second swearing-in has been met with the kind of ardour usually reserved for Coldplay concerts in MMRDA. Chants of “Modi! Modi!” rattled the rafters of Rashtrapati Bhavan, and eight thousand VIP guests turned out to celebrate the PM’s return.

But the most important contingent to be represented at this illustrious event was, naturally, Bollywood. And the industry’s favourite early-noughties director and employer of famous people’s children, Karan Johar, was clearly not feeling very festive about the government’s second term.

Following the much-anticipated announcement of the new Cabinet, KJo had a bone to pick with PM Modi. Speaking in a press conference outside Rashtrapati Bhavan, he expressed his displeasure over the casting of Modi Ministry 2.

“Kabhi kabhie I feel that Mr Modi has not made the right decisions,” said Johar, so perturbed that a strand of hair slid down from his perfect coif. “It’s one thing that the Pakistani PM is not here so there is no one named Khan. But the real issue is, there are hardly any star kids in this Cabinet!”

Johar, well-known as the country’s foremost nepotism rights activist, acknowledged that there were plenty of big names in the PM’s administration, and welcomed Sunny Deol following his parents’ footsteps into politics. “This is a good sign for the future of the BJP,” conceded the filmmaker. “But we are trying to run a government here, not an NGO. How else will we appeal to audience – I mean, the vote bank?”

Johar went on to praise the BJP for fielding nearly as many dynasty candidates as Congress, but insisted there is still room for improvement. “Look at what Chunky Panday has recently said about his daughter Ananya being accepted in two US colleges! She is a smart girl and starred in Student of the Year 2. Isn’t this more education than many sitting MPs have?” He further suggested that Jahnvi Kapoor should be made Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment after playing a rich girl falling in love with a poor boy in Dhadak.

Johar, well-known as the country’s foremost nepotism rights activist, acknowledged that there were plenty of big names in the PM’s administration, and welcomed Sunny Deol following his parents’ footsteps into politics.

When asked about Johar’s controversial remarks, actors Saif Ali Khan and Varun Dhawan’s representatives released a joint statement which read, “Nepotism rocks!” Arjun Kapoor, however, sounded hopeful when he was spotted leaving a party at BFF Ranveer Singh’s house. In response to the paparazzi’s questioning, he replied, “I should ask Karan sir if there are some job openings in Parliament… I don’t know if this acting thing is working out.”

Others were not so enthusiastic about Johar’s views. Said Vivek Oberoi after the swearing-in: “Is it fair that star kids should have everything handed to them on a platter when I, a less-famous star kid, had to struggle?”

Reports are now emerging that Johar’s press conference was cut short when a rampaging Kangana Ranaut attacked him from behind, screaming “Star kids murdabad!” To avoid being the subject of her wrath, media outlets were soon forced to flee the scene.

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