Nepotism in Bollywood turns out to be one of the main reasons for depression and anxiety. After Sushant Singh’s tragic death, the eyes of the fans have opened. Many questions were raised against the culture of the Indian Cinema. A group called “Karan Johar’s gang” has been blamed for the young actor’s death because of their favoritism towards each other. Well, the toxicity of nepotism is seen more in the Indian Cinema, but its practice is deep-rooted.
Nepotism in Bollywood: Insider’s History
The actors, directors, and writers, who emerged during the 1970s and 1980s, still largely rule over the Indian Cinema. Obviously, it explains that the parents/friends made a platform for themselves and their kids. In an interview to Hindustan Times, Ranbir Kapoor said that he is a part of nepotism. His great grandfather gave him a platform and he would like to guide his children too. This can be seen in our daily lives as well, where the children usually take over their family businesses. All in all, nepotism is followed since the ancestral period and the outsiders seem to have a disadvantage.
The show, ‘Koffee with Karan’ has led to many controversies and unknowingly spilled out the harsh truths. The debate on nepotism in Bollywood started when Kangana Ranaut accused Karan Johar the same. As a result, a huge spark of the debate was seen back then but it was forgotten like every other news story. Recently, Karan Johar lost lakhs of followers because of his favoritism towards ‘star kids’.
It is noticed that the Indian Cinema fails to promote under-rated, excellent films. The films starring the ‘star kids’ get more attention and response. Contributing to nepotism in Bollywood, shaming, trolling, and bullying have their place too. The actors who might be talented can get replaced by these star kids. As a result, causing difficulties for young actors to grow and bloom beautifully.
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Nepotism in Bollywood: Outsider’s future
“If you deliberately don’t allow the right talent to come up, then there is a problem. Then the whole structure of the industry would collapse one day.” These are the words of Sushant Singh Rajput. Many talented, new actors do not get a chance to reach the level they want to. Why?
- To find work these new actors tend to hire agents who in turn mislead them into getting the ‘hat of popularity’ instantly.
- Aspiring actors tend to lose belief in themselves when they fail and fall prey to depression.
- New actors can easily be manipulated if they do not know the ‘insiders.’
- People try to pull the new actors down to get themselves up thus supporting nepotism.
Many self-made Bollywood actors like Shah Ruk Khan, Irrfan Khan, and Kangana Ranaut were able to accept their challenges with depression, anxiety, scripts, etc.
Sushmita Sen- a self-made artist, said that she handled nepotism by focusing on her fans and work.
Priyanka Chopra Jonas said, “Nepotism and Bollywood, go hand in hand.” She commented that many actors have created their legacy and she wishes to do so, too. She was brave enough to face every harshness and took it as a challenge. Her craft and fans made her not give up.
Do you think self-made artists fall into nepotism at some point in time?
Success, Failure, and nepotism are related. In Bollywood, favoritism is at the peak. Reputation makes a difference and maintaining it is a craft, which is crafted by a few artists. Do you think that it is also in our hands to stop favoritism and nepotism?
Social Media and News Tv channels: Supporter of Nepotism
Many News Tv channels along with some people on Social Media, used Sushant Singh’s death as an agenda. Headlines like, “Aese kese hit-wicket hogaye Sushant?” disappointed many fans and family members; meanwhile, star kids defended themselves. Moreover, Rakhi Sawant’s story on Instagram said, “Sushant in my dreams asked me to tell the producers to give me an item-song in his remaining films.” This shows disrespect towards the brilliant actor and support towards nepotism. Many people on Instagram, who otherwise do not listen to other’s problems, showed their care towards the public. This shows how mental health became “talk of the town” for only a few days.
Social Media and News Tv channels make a lot of fake news. They tend to give more footage to someone who is ‘popular and trendy’. The mediums sometimes tend to hide facts and in turn support nepotism.
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Nepotism in our daily lives
Did you know squirrels tend to alarm their family and relatives when in danger except for un-related ones? Well, nepotism is everywhere.
Have you seen the teacher’s kid getting well-treated in your school and college? Has a person never won a competition because of the favoritism? Have you seen a politician like Rahul Gandhi getting undue benefits?
The debatable thing is, parents, work their whole life in building themselves, so, won’t they wish for their children to take over? According to me, three things should be kept in mind, before passing over the chair to a closed one.
- The willingness and potential of the person to take over the business.
- The future of the person with that business.
- The future of the business with that person.
It is understandable that sometimes the favoritism is out of love, and it is difficult to trust strangers in matters like these. But, the business also means serving towards society, and that means every talented person should get a chance. There is nothing wrong with passing over the throne, but it is wrong when you do not give a chance to others. We as citizens should be aware of ourselves and our potential.
Let us admit that sometimes we fulfill a responsibility forcefully i.e. sometimes we forcefully choose a career we do not want to pursue. Well, won’t that increase the chances of depression and anxiety? Should not we speak up? Should not we educate other people?
Ranbir Kapoor said that he would like his children to choose the right film and the correct opportunity. Well, that kid is not born yet and they have already pushed him into nepotism. How do you even know that the kid would go into this industry?
Should not close ones ask us to grab the opportunity to work with them by proving our potential?
We in today’s generation, should stand by each other and try and remove favoritism. Let us grab an opportunity based on our potential.
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Shushant Singh Rajput said, “It is never the recognition plus the money, it’s the excitement plus now.” The youth has finally started to notice the injustice caused in the industry. To support the right people and mediums is very important for all aspects of our lives. Nepotism is just not in Bollywood, but you can see it around us. Even we might have stopped new talents from grabbing an opportunity. But isn’t it the high-time to change? Shouldn’t we focus on our growth instead of pulling others down? Shouldn’t we help people with mental illness cure themselves?
A step towards removing the nepotism and favoritism will bring a change. So, are you ready to make society a better place?
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