After the demise of the talented actor Sushant Singh Rajput, the debate of nepotism in Bollywood has caught fire once again. There are so many celebrities like Kangana Ranaut, Abhinav Kashyap, and others openly coming up and talking about the disparity in public. But it’s not the first time the topic of nepotism being discussed. Bollywood stars have talked boldly about nepotism, casting couch, and being treated differently about being an outsider. Today we will have a look at what bold statements were given by famous Bollywood celebrities on nepotism.
Appearing in one of the episodes on Koffee With Karan season 5, Kangana went on saying, “Karan, you are the flag bearer of nepotism. Snooty and completely intolerant to outsiders.” She even laughing said that if ever a biopic is made on her life, then Karan Johar would be the ‘movie mafia’. This statement then sparked controversy and from the Bollywood biggies to the struggling stars started speaking and giving their opinions on nepotism.
An actor who is famous for his great acting talent and his memorable roles in films like Gangs of Wassepur and Aligarh had spoken in one of his interviews in 2018, “Nepotism has always existed in Bollywood.” He went on adding, “This is a ruthless industry and they will never give a chance to an outsider if someone in waiting is related to them. They want only their people to succeed even if they are mediocre. If someone is above average they are celebrated as they are the most gifted individuals.”
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Our international superstar Peecee, while promoting her Hollywood debut film Baywatch in 2017 opened up about how she felt like a leftover as an outsider without a godfather. “I was kicked out of the films because someone else’s daughter or girlfriend was recommended to the producers. I cried a lot and tried to overcome it.” She also emphasized on how devastated she felt after these hindrances.
The man who had been recently winning hearts with his script choices and excellent performances in the films like Andhadhun, Shubh Mangal Zyaada sadhana, and Badhaai Ho has been very outspoken when it comes to being treated otherwise as an outsider. He once spoke in an interview previous year, “Had I been a Starkid, I ould have been launched at 22 or 23.” He also wrote in his memoir on how he was told Karan Johar only works with Famous stars and how he was denied work by big producers.
The actress who was famous in the television industry for her roles in the daily soaps like Kumkum Bhagya and then made her debut in the movie Super 30 opposite Hrithik Roushan has also had her share of struggles. She talked about the role of media and said, “Star kids are not lone to be blamed but the media coverage and the audience excitement to see somebody on the screen even before knowing if they are talented is also somewhere responsible for the outsiders not getting their due credits.” She was last seen in Jersey.
The south Indian actress who proved her mantle in Bollywood as well with her stellar performances loved by critics and audience alike have also been a sufferer of nepotism. Even after giving like Mulk and Pink and recently Thappad, she was often discriminated against because of not having a big surname. She was also not nominated initially for her movies in the awards shows. She said, “For Pink, I was not even nominated. And I was lost many roles because I was not so and so’s a daughter.”
Well, these were some of the boldest statements by Bollywood stars against nepotism. We hope this will stop this unfair practice and value talent.