‘Nepotism’ is one of the never-ending debate topics in the Bollywood industry. This matter began when Kangana Ranaut, an absolutely self-made Bollywood star without any big studio patronage spoke on the couch of the most watched English talk show ‘Koffee with Karan’ that Karan Johar is ‘the flag bearer of nepotism and movie mafia’. Well! She is not really wrong, but Karan can hardly be blamed as nepotism in Bollywood is a norm.
Karan surely has launched various star kids, be it Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan and Siddarth Malhotra in SOTY, to Sara Ali Khan in Kedarnath and now Ananya Pandey in SOTY2, can’t forget about Jhanvi Kapoor in Dhadak, with the only aim to mould the superstars out of them. But isn’t that true that Nepotism exists everywhere? It exists in politics, in the majority! and the best examples to that are The Gandhis, The Yadavs! Apparently, sports is somewhat safe from this.
Various reactions were given by many Bollywood celebs like Alia Bhatt, Raveena Tandon, Kareena Kapoor Khan, filmmaker Meghna Gulzar, Boby Deol, Shahid Kapoor and several more! But now let’s give a look to what our Bollywood debutantes have to say about the Burning topic- Nepotism!
1. Sara Ali Khan
With positive confidence and an upfront attitude, Sara, daughter of Bollywood celebs Amrita Singh and Saif Ali Khan, made her debut on ‘Koffee with Karan’ this season and also won the coffee cup for best debut for this season. When asked about nepotism, she takes the debate head-on. She says it would be ‘hypocritical’ and wrong for me to say that nepotism doesn’t exist. She spoke at length on the subject, “There is a privilege. It comes in the form of access, be it me getting Simmba or Kedarnath. But here’s what matters, we did not choose our parents. I love mom and dad, but I did not choose them. If I had a choice, I would choose them. I just feel that everyone has different starting points. But are we at different starting points? Yes, but that’s not enough reason to pull us down. If you’re good, your work will speak.” When asked about the advantages of being a star kid, she exclaimed, “There are perks of being an insider. The main perk is access. I could go to Rohit sir’s office and say sir, would you please consider me for Simmba. That’s a privilege. So the access that my parents have worked so hard to enable me to have is not something I can deny or something that I can run away from.”
2. Ananya Panday
When asked about nepotism by Karan on Koffee with Karan, 20 year old, Ananya Panday, daughter of Veteran actor Chunky Panday and Bhawna Panday, herself admits on Koffee with Karan couch that she agrees with that section of society who feel why is she there on the couch as she doesn’t deserve to be on Koffee with Karan as she hasn’t done anything to be there. And it is true though! As it took 10 years for Kartik Aryan to reach that couch. Ananya is going to make her debut from soon coming SOTY2 alongside Tiger Shroff, the Baaghi actor and Tara Saturia, another debutante.
3. Janhvi Kapoor
Boney Kapoor’s and Shridevi’s elder daughter, Janhvi Kapoor, was launched by non-other than Karan Johar in the movie ‘Dhadak’ last year. When asked about nepotism, she spoke, “I understand that you feel like you have been robbed of an opportunity that has been handed to me. I’m sure there are people who are more talented than me, and more good-looking than me – I promise you there are. But I am not going to pass this opportunity just because of that…” She added, “The only thing I can do is value it and make the most of it. It is wrong and messed up if I take advantage of it or if I become complacent and think it is my birthright to be here. I know it is not. I know I need to earn people’s love. I know I need to work ten times harder because there is a stigma attached to how I’ve gotten this opportunity.”
4. Vicky Kaushal
With back to back 3 hits, Raazi, Manmarziyaan and Uri: The Surgical Strike, Vicky Kaushal son of film director Sham Kaushal, was asked to react on a comment made on him saying that he did not have a “hero face” and he is in the movies because of his background. On this, Vicky said,” I think there’s nothing wrong in what he said. I don’t have a filmy face or a hero’s face.”However, Vicky reacted to the nepotism taking this manner, saying, “Sir, you are most welcome in Bollywood and try and survive a week and we will have a cup of coffee together and I will ask you the same question.”
“There is a belief that keeping money inside the family is the best way to protect assets and also keep the next generation in check.”And that is what is being followed by Bollywood. Well! If we speak of a general sense, then, a doctor wants his son to be a doctor, similarly, a carpenter wants his next generation to help him in his same work and so do our Bollywood want!
It’s true, that it is very difficult to manage to break through nepotism industry and make it big but the biggest stars of all the generation, indeed, were outsiders and the best-proven example to this are Shahrukh Khan and Akshay Kumar!
Hence, the fact is, Talent will surely find its way to its destination, either via nepotism or struggle! If you get the direct opportunity by being a star kid and do not fulfil the actual requirements then you will be out of there too.