Ever since the feisty Kangana Ranaut called out Karan Johar on nepotism on his very own chat show, Bollywood, as well as the common people, have sat up to take notice of the underlying problem in Bollywood which everyone notices but doesn’t ever talk about: Nepotism.
Nepotism is basically the act of giving preference and opportunities to those of your own family or close ones, regardless of whether they may deserve it or not. In Bollywood, it refers to star kids.
It is no secret that it is very difficult for outsiders to make a cut in the very competitive industry. The kids of Bollywood stars, however, don’t have any such issues. Following in their parents’ footsteps is the obvious thing for them to do, it doesn’t matter then if they’re as good as they’re legacy or not.
Earlier, actors like Shahrukh Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Deepika Padukone, Kangana Ranaut, Priyanka Chopra and countless others have made a name for themselves solely on the basis of their talent. The industry was more welcoming then.
Now? Star kids like Jahnavi Kapoor (Sridevi’s daughter), Sara Ali Khan (Saif Ali Khan and Amrita Singh’s daughter) and even little Taimur Ali Khan (Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor’s daughter) receive more attention than the wonderful people from non-filmy backgrounds who’re trying to break in the industry. They pay more attention to their daily outfits than struggling actors performing in theatres and street plays who’re more in need of the coverage.
It’s no surprise that actors like Uday Chopra, Imran Khan and Tusshar Kapoor were given so many opportunities to act. Even after they failed, they were given chances to redeem themselves. Imran Khan made some of his last films opposite Kangana Ranaut and Kareena Kapoor. Can we ask why a lesser than average actor like him was cast opposite a successful, leading actress? That’s an example right there.
There have been exceptional results of nepotism too. Alia Bhatt, who could’ve done her debut under her father’s banner chose to go for auditions to Dharma Productions and still continues to prove her versatility. If one was to look at the present Bollywood generation, the outsiders are a far more impressive lot. Aayushman Khurana, Sushant Singh Rajput, Kriti Sanon, Rajkumar Rao continue to prove themselves, despite whatever obstacles they might’ve faced.
It must be accepted that gaining entry into Bollywood today is much more difficult than it used to be. Earlier, the superstars of today were just beginners with loads of talent and perseverance. The upcoming superstars of today are just kids who happened to have directors, producers and actors as their parents.
Now, as an audience, it is truly upon us to choose whom we want to shoot to fame. Doing so will eliminate evils like casting couch and injustice in general. Truly, talent must prevail, influential family or not.
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