Does nepotism still cast a role in the film industry? For many actors who struggle their way to the top, the lure of nepotism continues to hold a prominent platform in the film industry. Actress Kangana Ranaut’s discussion on nepotism in ‘Koffee with Karan’ last year stirred a burning debate when she termed KJo as ‘the flag-bearer of nepotism’.
While some of the actors in the film industry feel that nepotism as a culture does not exist anymore, actress Alia Bhatt believes that it is very much alive and running in the industry.
“There is no need to defend the nepotistic nature of the industry because it does exist. The reason why it has become an emotional debate is because it gets difficult for those who don’t get a chance. If I was on the other side, I would be heartbroken.” Said actress Alia Bhatt.
The essence of an actor should originally be defined by his or her abilities rather than the famed-background. In a recent conference, film director Sudhir Mishra also shared his opinions on nepotism by agreeing that it surely does exist.
“Nepotism is prevalent, but I feel that the journey of an actor is not defined by his or her first film. Actors should concentrate more on their individual efforts. It is okay that star kids are getting better launch pads, but I believe that this can’t stop outsiders from creating their base in the industry. Whoever is willing to work and has the talent to live up to the character which is helmed must bag the project. But keep in mind that star kids like Alia Bhatt and Ranbir Kapoor should not be neglected just because they hail from a Bollywood family as they also possess the talent.” Said film director Sudhir Mishra.
The nature of the film industry is more open than compared to any other industry today. Nepotism might have the power to influence the film industry as well as other businesses outside, but the ability to take it further from the first step is solely based on the talent and performance of the actor. Although getting an opportunity as an actor remains a challenge, film directors who have a good position in the industry must also widen their thoughts and look beyond the close and immediate circle of people they work with as there still remains a lot of talent unexplored.
Talking about the business of the film world and nepotism, Alia Bhatt said -
“Nepotism still exists everywhere, but this is the only business where there is no fixed funda. As an actor, you need to be at the right place at the right time. For instance, if you want to be a doctor, you study, give your examination and get a job. In the film business, you can do whatever you want, but there has to be that X-factor that people talk about.”