While talking about Nepotism it is hard not to mention about the recent Kangana –Karan controversy which is still going on. Much has been said since then, but nothing has been done (and nothing will be done).
When the outspoken actress spoke against Karan Johar by calling him “the flag-bearer of Nepotism” on his show Koffee with Karan and obviously the “guilty as charged” did not take the flak in a good stride and instead questioned her character by quoting, “She always plays the victim card” to which the outspoken actress replied by calling herself a badass and not a victim for standing up against him.
Like the above wasn’t enough when, when the usually “classy” Karan Johar forgot his class at home before going to New York for the IIFA Awards and so did Nawab Sahab, Saif Ali Khan along with Varun Dhawan, who will still take ages to reach where Kangana looking from (which by the way are the results of nepotism). The trio took a dig at Kangana by cracking a silly joke with a loud “Nepotism Rocks”.
Since then they have given their versions of apology for their new low, but nepotism controversy does not end with their apologies. On one hand, nepotism has produced Sunny Deol, Kajol, Ranbir Kapoor, Hrithik Roshan and Alia Bhatt while on the other, Uday Chopra, Tushar Kapoor, Sonakshi Sinha, Shraddha Kapoor, Tiger Shroff, Sikander Kher, Esha Deol and the list will go on.
To be fair the entry does not matter, what matters is the hard work and conviction to prove oneself for which Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt are the epitomes of the statement as far as the present generation is concerned while the latter lot still have to justify Nepotism.
There is no denying that Nepotism exists in every field of the profession but its visibility is prominent in film industry and politics. There is nothing wrong in taking full advantage of the sources at one’s disposal. If an actor from the industry has struggled less as compared to the outside but is equally talented or more, then there is nothing wrong with nepotism or it does not make him/her less of an actor like Alia Bhatt, Hrithik, Konkana Sen and Ranbir Kapoor who have proven themselves as quality and versatile actors over the years.
The real problem with nepotism is when an actor from a filmy family had the privilege to enter the industry without any struggle and has not proven his/her talent in spite of more than their fair share of opportunities, yet they are still shoved down the audiences’ throat because they have a surname backing them.
Coming to a different scenario, if an actor from outside the industry fails to create magic on screen then he/she then there is a minuscule chance of survival, which is fine, you get what you deserve, what is not fine is that the Bollywood “kiddos” are getting what they don’t deserve in spite of not proving themselves.
The practice of giving the opportunity to talent-less actors because of their surname over the deserving “outsiders” is bound to kill the quality of Bollywood.