'Eventually we are one fraternity'
Mumbai: Actor Varun Dhawan today said the topic of nepotism is over for him and he wants the film industry to stay together.
During an awards night last month, Varun, Karan Johar and Saif Ali Khan, took a dig at Kangana Ranaut and said "nepotism rocks." The trio drew a lot of flak on social media and later apologised for their remarks.
In his first appearance after the controversy, Varun was asked about his thoughts on nepotism. The actor said, "I have said what I wanted to on that topic. I think that is the end of the entire topic where this is concerned. Eventually we are one fraternity, we love each other."
"Our job as an industry and fraternity is to entertain people and not hurt anyone or anyone's sentiment. If I did that, I have expressed my apology. I am an entertainer and artiste and I have only love in my heart and that's what I want to express," he told reporters here. The debate started after Kangana appeared on Johar's celebrity chat show where she called him "the flag bearer of nepotism".
Varun will essay the part of 'Raja' and 'Prem' in Judwaa 2, originally played by Salman in the 1997 superhit comedy.
Talking about comparisons with Salman, Varun said, "Pressure and expectations will be there. I am happy there are expectations and if there was no expectation then that would have been a problem."
"I want people to have expectations from my films, thinking there will be some entertainment in my films. I am here for the audience, I work for them. The day that passion goes away I won't be here."
Varun said the sequel would not have been possible without Salman as the superstar has made the two characters – Raja and Prem – iconic. "He is and he will remain the original Raja and Prem, I hope we have done a good job." When asked about his collaboration with Shoojit Sircar in October, Varun said, "I am thrilled to be working with him."