New Delhi: Bollywood is nowadays being claimed as a nepotism industry. The nepotism debate got heated up after the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput. Nepotism exists in all industries and professions, and not just in the entertainment industry. However, the film industry often becomes the target when it comes to nepotism.
Here’s the list of Bollywood celebrities who revealed the existence of nepotism in the industry, and how it impacts the fraternity.
1. Emraan Hashmi
Emraan Hashmi agrees that Nepotism exists and he is a product of nepotism. His uncle Mahesh Bhatt launched him in 2003 with the film Footpath. In an interview with Hindusthan Times, he said “Yes, nepotism exists in our industry, and I got a break because of it. If my uncle (Mahesh Bhatt), who is a producer and director hadn’t been there, I wouldn’t have been an actor. “
2 Kriti Sanon
Kriti Sanon in an interview with Pinkvilla said, “I don’t know if they dialed the phone or not, but someone, who was from a film family or there was a little more buzz about that person, had replaced me. So yes, it’s happened but I don’t know the reason behind it. The director might have genuinely wanted that person. It has happened a few times.”
3. Rajkummar Rao
Rajkummar said in an interview with PTI “Favouritism is there, of course, it is present everywhere, so it is fine. But my only concern is when because of favoritism I have to see non-talented people in films. That is a problem for me. I want to see the talent on screen. I don’t care where they come from or which family they belong to. There are actors like Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt, they are such talented people working in the film industry.”
4 Karan Johar
Karn Johar once said “It seems like we are criminals. It’s like everywhere we are slapped with legal notices as we are children of parents who are within the film industry.”
Kangana Ranaut who one called Karan Johar “flag bearer of nepotism” on his chat show. Since then the topic has never died “Do these Bollywood kids know that it takes almost 10 years to build an audience and to get a critic. These star kids already start from a point where they have everything and they are not aware of the fact that for an outsider, it can take his entire life to reach the starting point,” she said on a chat show while speaking to Anupam Kher.
6. Ananya Panday
“I feel like it’s easy to get your first film but after that sustaining is the tough part. Talent really speaks at the end of the day,” she told Hindustan Times on her debut with Student Of The Year 2.
7. Ayushmann Khurrana
Ayushmann Khurrana said he would have made his debut at the age of 22 it would have been a star kid. “My debut, Vicky Donor, was when I was 27. If I was a star kid, it would’ve been 22. I don’t think the difference of five years would’ve affected much. I think I was a much more mature actor at 27,” he told to HuffPost in an interview.
8. Taapsee Pannu
Taapsee Pannu was once replaced overnight without being given a reason. “I assumed I was the first choice since the director had narrated the script to me first. After moving my dates around, it would’ve been better had they told me first, instead of finding it out from others. This is disheartening. I deserve an answer,” she told Mumbai Mirror.
9. Surveen Chawla
Surveen Chawla who has worked in movies like Hate Story 2 once revealed to Hindustan Times that “I was not scared even though I had left TV at the peak of my career. But in the middle of this transition, when I was stepping up, I was thrown back down. For what reason? The question is not of my talent, but about somebody who had better contacts; that’s it. It took me some time to come out of it, but then other things happened, and it instilled confidence back in me.”
10. Ranbir Kapoor
Ranbir Kapoor accepts the existence of Nepotism in the Bollywood industry in the comedy show AIB “My great-grandfather worked hard so that he could give his children the opportunity to do something in life. So on and so forth and it came to me. When I have children, I would like them to have that opportunity and then see how good they are,” he said.