Bollywood, no doubt in the last few years, has taken itself to a wholly different level. The craze for a Bollywood movie all across the globe is insane. As Indians, we are really proud of it as the status Bollywood industry has today, no one ever imagined when it started about 100 years ago. But there is one such thing that has crippled into Bollywood in the past 20 years or so and has also been a hot topic of debate ever since it has existed. This is none other than the topic of Nepotism.
Nepotism can be described as the act of using power and influence unethically to get the near and dear ones a good work or a good job. Nepotism in Bollywood is not a new phenomenon. But for years, this topic has not been given much consideration. It only became a hot topic of debate recently when Bollywood Actor Sushant Singh Rajput hanged himself at his Bandra House on 14 June 2020. And the reason for suicide was clinical depression for the past six months that took place due to favoritism to Star’s Kids and neglecting real talent, as per the sources.
After this Nepotism, indeed, the biggest topic of discussion in the B Town industry where hundreds of Bollywood stars and specialists gave his/her views on this topic.
Nepotism Debate Over Sushant’s Suicide
Admitting Sushant was an outsider with no godfather in the industry, his death has sparked a huge debate on nepotism all over again. Directly under its attack are producer and director Karan Johar (who is recognized for launching star kids like Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan), producer Aditya Chopra and Bollywood superstar Salman Khan among others. It is common to see hashtags #JusticeForSushant #SushantNoMore #BoycottKaranJohar frequently trending on Twitter. Many in the industry have also spoken openly about outsiders not getting their due in Bollywood.
Even Sushant’s old videos are being played, wherein he had once shared his take on the issue, “Nepotism is there, it’s everywhere, not just in Bollywood. You can’t do anything about it. Nepotism can co-exist, and nothing would happen, but at the same time, if you intentionally don’t allow the right talent to come up, then there is a problem. Then the whole foundation of the industry would fall one day. But till then, it’s fine.”
Post his demise, a criminal complaint has been filed against Karan Johar, Aditya Chopra, Sanjay LeelaBhansali, SajidNadiadwala, actor Salman Khan, and Ekta Kapoor for not casting the actor.
It is surely a bitter truth of Bollywood that the seeds of nepotism have now really grown into big trees. Actors with pure talent are sidelined as priorities are given to favourites and relatives. And the worst part is if an outsider tries to raise his/her voice, then either they are suppressed, or the actor/actress are treated with all negative and ill comments.
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