The most recent catchphrase in the Indian film industry is nepotism. The word Nepotism refers to the practice of getting the relatives and friends in one’s organizations to positions for which other people might be better eligible. You might be of the opinion that this term in any means must not have relation to Bollywood, then, you are extremely mistaken.
When Kangana Ranaut blamed Karan Johar of promoting nepotism on his show, ‘Koffee With Karan’, it led to a big dispute in the film industry and there were alienated opinions on it. While some people favored Kangana, a great number of them also got to Karan Johar’s side when he accused Kangana of trying to play the victim card.
Though there are many examples of many who have become stars due to their hard work – Shah Rukh Khan, Akshay Kumar, Anushka Sharma, Priyanka Chopra; there are an evenly large number of people who had the right support at the right moment and they became stars.
Here are a few examples which go on to prove that Bollywood is a huge supporter of nepotism:
Son of celebrated film producer, Boney Kapoor, Arjun Kapoor was a heavy adult when he was first noticed by YRF. He was advised to shed weight for a career in Bollywood to which he agreed. He made his debut in, ‘Ishaqzaade’. While this film performed well and was liked by fans and critics alike, his succeeding films did not do so well. But, he is still seen as the face of many films.
Daughter of famous film producer Mahesh Bhatt and actor Soni Razdan, Alia Bhatt also, was an obese adult. She was launched by Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions in their film, ‘Student Of The Year’, featured with Sidharth Malhotra and Varun Dhawan. Though she is a good actor, the fact still exists that she was able to debut with a great banner film because of nepotism.
Daughter of a famous actor, Suniel Shetty, Athiya Shetty made her debut with the Nikhil Advani’s ‘Hero’ in the year 2015 along with Sooraj Pancholi. The film was produced by Salman Khan and Subhash Ghai. The film failed sadly, but their careers didn’t as they were launched by Salman Khan.
Mahesh Bhatt is his uncle and Emraan Hashmi was one of the not many actors who came out and settled to the fact that nepotism does exist in Bollywood. He, in an interview said,
“Yes, nepotism is there in our industry, and I got a chance only 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.”
His initial films earned him the label of a ‘serial kisser’ and till today, he hasn’t shun away from those films.
The daughter of the renowned comic-villain Shakti Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor got a break in movies because of this fact. While she is really beautiful, her acting skills are not upto the mark. Most of her films have flopped badly, but this hasn’t blocked her from getting film projects.
Daughter of Shotgun aka Shatrughan Sinha and Poonam Sinha, Sonakshi Sinha was seen opposite Salman Khan in the hit film franchise, ‘Dabangg’. While that film did enormous business because of Salman Khan, Sonakshi’s career saw a boost. But, she too has been unsuccessful to leave an impact in Bollywood.
Daughter of jhakkaas actors, Anil and Sunita Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor too was fat. When she lost weight, she was given a break in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Saawariya’ next to another debutant Ranbir Kapoor. The film flopped at the box office, but that didn’t stop her from getting the lead roles in various films. All her films have failed to make any impact at the box office, except, ‘Neerja’, which was directed by Ram Madhvani.
Son of Jackie Shroff, he is known more for his notorious statements rather than for his acting. When was launched with the film, ‘Heropanti’ alongside actor Kriti Sanon, but it failed to be successful. While Kriti had a hard time getting high-quality roles after that, Tiger’s career got him the lead roles in numerous movies.
He is the son of eminent producer David Dhawan and hot a break in Bollywood through Karan Johar’s ‘Student Of The Year’. He has proved his acting skills and is a huge star with great female fan following. Some of his films have performed well, but he is still a product of nepotism, and it cannot be denied by anyone.
Do you still think nepotism doesn’t exist in Bollywood? Well, it’s time to give it a thought one last time!