Nepotism Debate in Bollywood: Nepotism has been a very much discussed topic in Bollywood since Kangana Ranaut came on Koffee With Karan last year. When it comes to tinsel down, everything fades away very quickly but the Nepotism debate does not seem to fizzle down that easily. Nepotism Debate in Bollywood is a non ending topic in the industry.
Nepotism Debate in Bollywood
We all know Kangana is a self made actress. She has struggled a lot to reach where she is today. that Kangana Ranaut is one of the best actresses that Bollywood has. She has established herself in Bollywood after giving hits like Queen, Tanu Weds Manu etc. And when she was invited to Karan Johar’s Show “Koffee with karan” , she left no stone unturned t make Karan realize that he only launches star kids in the industry. Since then the debate is on and on. Let’s go through this non ending debate of Bollywood in detail.
Kangana Ranaut who has been known for being straightforward was again in the news when she came to Karan Johar’s show ‘Koffee with Karan’ last year and called him ‘the flag bearer of nepotism’, someone who is ‘snooty and completely intolerant to outsiders’ and accused him of running a ‘movie mafia’.
Nepotism Debate in Bollywood | Kangana Ranaut
When Karan was asked about this incident at the London School of Economics, he said “I appreciate that she had a great, great perspective. Everyone lauded her because she came on my show and gave it back to me. I am like, ‘of course.’ Because I was gracious enough to keep everything. I could have edited so much — it is my show. I said, let the world know her opinion. This is what she thinks. But this is my platform, so I’ll tell you what I think.”
He further added, “She deserves all the National Awards but I am done with Kangana playing the woman and victim card. I am done. You cannot be this victim at every given point of time, always telling the sad story of how you were terrorized by the industry. If it’s so bad, leave it”.
Karan Johar at IIFA 2017
“You are here because of your pappa,” Saif quipped. Varun said: “And you’re here because of your mummy (veteran actress Sharmila Tagore).” Karan then promptly added: “I am here because of my pappa (late filmmaker Yash Johar).” They then said in unison: “Nepotism rocks”. Varun then didn’t leave a chance to take a potshot at Karan saying: “There was a song in your film… ‘Bole choodiyan, bole kangana.”
Bollywood on Nepotism
Let’s see what other celebs have to say about this-
Aamir Khan : Mr. Perfectionist said “In general, I think it’s a very normal human emotion to try and help people who you love and care for. It doesn’t have to be someone who is part of your family, it could be someone you care for. It’s a very natural emotion. I try to make sure that in my work, I don’t let it interface. As a creative person, I am responsible to my audience and I give huge importance to that. I try not to bring emotions in my work.”
Alia Bhatt : “I think a star kid can get that first film due to nepotism. But to constantly get films just because you belong to a filmi family, is not possible.” Taking a dig at many star kids who could not make it big in the industry Alia said, “I don’t want to take any names, but there have been many examples of sons and daughters of lineage who have come and gone without achieving anything. What about that? Eventually, people come to see you as an actor and not because your family is famous, and you can’t fool them.”
Shahrukh Khan : “I don’t understand this (nepotism). How can I understand it? I am a Delhi boy, who went to Mumbai at the age of 25. There everybody loved me and accepted me. So, I don’t understand this talk”.
Anushka Sharma : When questioned about nepotism, Anushka Sharma said “First of all, every actor has her own journey in Bollywood. Moreover, if you are good at your work, people will show interest to collaborate with you, irrespective of your background. Ranveer Singh, Parineeti Chopra and all of us were not from the film industry! So being an outsider, I never faced nepotism.” She also added, “I entered Bollywood because of my talent and there are outsiders who survive on the basis of their talent here.”
Varun Dhawan : When asked if nepotism exists in the industry, Varun said, “I don’t think so. I don’t want to talk much about it.” However, he also praised Kangana Ranaut for her forthrightness as he said, “I like Kangana, her style and more power to her.”
Vidya Balan : Vidya said, “With due respect to everyone who embroidered this controversy, I am bored with this discussion on nepotism. I mean I am seriously bored on who is on which side of the debate these days. I turn the page of the newspaper the moment I see the word… I am not interested.”
Imtiaz Ali : He said, “We three (Shah Rukh Khan, Anushka and himself) are outsiders and doesn’t have a godfather. I am here just because of my hard work and the love that I received.”
Sushant Singh Rajput : The Raabta actor said “I think nepotism can co-exist with the idea of encouraging new talent from outside of the film industry. I, being an outsider, got the opportunity and luxury of choices to choose the film that I wanted to do. So I have no complaints. But having said that, if new talents won’t get a chance, and only the practice of nepotism continues, then the industry will collapse in some time.”
Lisa ray : She said “Nepotism exists in Bollywood for sure, but nepotism also exists everywhere and in every industry. I think we see enough fresh talent in our country that it balances out. I mean, it might make it extra difficult for someone with no connections to get the foot in the door. But, it gives them that extra fire and motivation and I think that we are seeing an interesting mix these days of fresh new talent, that doesn’t necessarily have any connections.”
Swara Bhaskar : “Bollywood as an industry is based on relationships. It has always been star-driven and it has an element of feudalism. So, it would be difficult for an outsider but my experience of Bollywood is not nepotistic at all. I think people, who have been most warm and nice are people like Karan Johar, Sonam Kapoor and even Aditya Chopra. He has always been very responsive and helpful. Since the whole nepotism debate is going on, I just want to say that Karan has been a revelation to me. He is an industry elite but has been a wonderful surprise,”
Ranbir Kapoor : He was recently asked to share his views, instead of shying away, the actor embraced the fact that he is a “product of nepotism”. He further went on to share that films have been his family business from the last 85 years and if he has kids, he would like to provide them with a platform like his family did for him.
Aadar Jain : “When Aadar called and told me that he bagged the film, I felt a lot of pride and gratefulness. But at the same time, I was a little nervous, not knowing how this boy will be accepted. It is a funny industry.” Getting to the ongoing nepotism debate, Ranbir added, “Yes, the platform that he has will spark a debate about insiders vs outsiders, nepotism and all of that. But I am going to keep that aside for now. Eventually, we will talk about it, he will have to face it.”