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Nepotism! The word we often see but hear less. Because no matter how much we deny this but it’s everywhere but here we are going to focus on Bollywood. Bollywood is just not some entertaining platform but a place of dreams and ambitions too. Many aspirants dream to achieve the big screen and above that to achieve the love of millions. But is it a fair game in the Bollywood? Well no! It’s not completely fair and we can see that too, some have to start their careers from zero (some even start from negative too) but what about star kids? They are already privileged to start their careers from some good point or level. Some may call that level “GODFATHER”, so basically they have this head start which surely going to help them.

After Sushant’s tragic death, this topic has been triggered and people are finally opening up about how this nepotism is hurting their sentiments. Kangana Raunt’s recent video which was uploaded on her Instagram and twitter handler where she was talking about biased award functions and godfathers in Bollywood.

After hearing this statement, it is a matter to be worried that “Is Bollywood really this biased?” If yes then obviously it is creating the negative aura and extreme pressure for the people who work for this industry which might lead any person to depression and bothersome thoughts.

See we can’t completely say that nepotism is a bad approach, if someone has the platform to start from good level that it is just like having “ the cherry on the cake “ which is completely ok to understand. Even it is normal too we always try to help our next generation. But things can get real messy if we start ignoring the potential and real talent throughout this journey because in the end every industry should highlight the real talent as that’s what talent for.

In a statement by Ayushman Khurrana where he revealed that,

“Once he met Karan Johar when he was the struggling actor and Karan gave him his office number, by receiving it he got very happy thinking that now he will get films. But when he called on the next day and got no response, but he kept on trying for days and at last, he got an answer that we only work with stars.”

Another Bollywood actor Ranvir Shorey who worked with late actor Sushant Singh Rajput in Sonchiriya has twitted some incident which shows how deep nepotism runs in the veins of Bollywood.

“This actually unfolded on a popular Bollywood awards show: A star kid is co-hosting the show. They announce the next category — Best Actor. The nominees are played out, and the star kid is one of the nominees. Surprise-surprise,”

“To present the award, the hosts invite two esteemed film personalities, who happen to be the star kid’s parents. What a sweet coincidence! The presenters open the envelope and announce the winner to be — drumroll please! — the star kid, of course! What a Kodak family moment!” he continued.

“The star kid walks from the host’s dias to accept the award and makes a short thank you speech and heads back to hosting the rest of the show like business as usual. This is how mainstream Bollywood is a family,” he added.

These two statements are enough to give us the reality check that Bollywood is biased and promoting the Nepotism more often than we actually realise.

Sanjay Nirupa alleges Sushant Singh Rajput lost 7 films in 6 months and says that film industry’s ruthlessness killed the actor. This must me very hard to digest but how can someone so talented lost 7 films within this short interval. The same thing happened with PAANI, recently Shekhar Kapur, who was supposed to collab with Sushant on the now shelved movie PAANI, talked about Sushant in a live session with Manoj Bajpayee where he revealed how Sushant cried after the movie was shelved by the producers. The producers said,

“We will not make Paani with Sushant. Paani will not be made”

Kapur also added that he should have tried to make another film with him, which he didn’t because he left the India as he was angry and upset from this news. These incidences back to back only show the hatred for this late very talented actor Sushant Singh Rajput.

If we dig this dirt more, netizens on social media have come across certain instances from Koffee with Karan where they pointed out Sonam Kapoor and Alia Bhatt. Many tweets have been made where we can see small clips from Koffee with Karan. In one clip when Karan Johar asked Sonam Kapoor to rate other actors hot or not, when Sushant name appeared the first reaction of Sonam kapoor was,

“huh?” soon she added that “ I mean I haven’t seen any movies of him. So I don’t know.”

 In one clip when Karan Johar asked Alia Bhatt to rate the actors during rapid fire round, when Sushant name appeared her reaction was no different from Sonam’s. She was like “Sushant Singh Rajput? Who?”

Which twitteratis found mean and nasty by raising their voices against injustice and ignorance Sushant faced by the filmmakers and starkids. Even Kareen Kapoor openly advised Sara not to date the first actor you work with. The rage among twitteratis can be seen through their tweets.

Vivek Oberoi, who attended the late Sushant Singh Rajput’s funeral blamed the Bollywood for its “Power play”, “ego trips”, “manipulation” and lack of acknowledgement for deserving talent and said that industry “ needs to be changed”. In his recent tweet he expressed;

If we talk in general and what we are seeing and listening now, we can see that Bollywood is not filled with sunshine and rainbows it has a nasty side too. Sushant’s death was devastating for all of us. And now all we can do is to pray for his soul. We don’t know the exact reason of Sushant’s death but by the above facts we can say that it’s not easy to work for such industry which is clearly playing cards of nepotism.

Sushant was an amazing actor, he gave this world such amazing movies like Chhichore and MS Dhoni. But it is hard to digest that such brilliant mind was suffering from depression and ended his life this way. A small town boy with big dreams came to the industry and we can’t deny that he made some special place in our hearts too.

And ultimately we have this question mark in our mind that Why?

Is it because of nepotism in the industry?

Is it because of ignorance?

Is it because of mean and nasty environment?

Surely we can’t answer these questions confidently but we can say this confidently that nepotism at this level where they are only focusing on privileged actors is wicked. And this needs to be stopped. And somewhere it is our duty too to admire the real talent and appreciate the deserving arts because if they are showing the poor content, it is only because we are seeing the poor content.

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Aanchal Sharma

PG student at IIRS,ISRO Dehradun | Space Enthusiast | Engineer | Writer | Sci-fi fan

1 Comment

  1. Well wisher

    U missed to cover the Rhea Chakraborty part which gave this incident an angle of murder instead of suicide which is more acceptable as the night he died sound of houting coming from his house and only 3 out of 10 fingers has print on the cloth which he used to hung himself middle ,little and thumb



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