Nepotism has always been a very intense topic of discussion. We mostly see Nepotism in every field these days but you’d surprised to know how deep rooted it is in Bollywood. It has crippled Bollywood to it’s core. Once an industry which was known for its beautiful, thoughtful cinema by Satyajit Ray & Guru Dutt is now mostly known for it’s dance routines, lame stories and over-acting.
So many young talents get lost by systematic lobbying in the film industry. The situation is not only limited to the on-screen stars but also behind the scenes too. It’s appalling to see how many good actors and deserving movies get lost among the movies which are made by the Bollywood mafia gangs like Karan Johar, Ekta Kapoor, The Kapoor’s, The Bhatts and The Khan Trinity. These people have ruined the level of cinema in india and act like they own the film industry.
What’s even embarrassing is they can’t even stand for their own people. For instance, the star kids of the lesser known celebs get sidelined by the A-Listers. Lmao (talk about getting low) Like, Neil Nitin Mukesh was boycotted overnight after Shah Rukh Khan and Saif Ali Khan’s incident. Vivek Oberoi was cancelled when he decided he won’t bend the knee to Salman Khan ( Who is well known criminal and an assaulter). An outsider may not get another chance after one flop but actors like Sonam Kapoor, Sonakshi Sinha, Varun Dhawan and Arjun Kapoor can stay even after 12 flops. Saif Ali Khan who took a big break after delivering flops made a come back at 40. What’s funny is he is still delivering below average movies but he is never out of work or big projects.
Recently, we lost a very talented young actor Sushant Singh Rajput. The 34 year-old successful outsider committed suicide by hanging. He was the victim of the constant bullying by the star kids and various production houses ganging up against him and few blind items written by some loser journalists mentioning things like “he looks like a truck driver” “not stylish enough” etc. Speaking of blind items, I also hold media responsible for this. The media’s obsession with celebrity kids and cowardice to not being able to criticize star kids in their reviews shows the fear of the bollywood movie mafias.
Another aspect of this situation is even these outsiders don’t stand for each other once they’re successful. Deepika Padukone said No! when asked to work with a TV actor, who was supposed to be another lead. She wouldn’t haven’t dared to turn down a star kid. Only few actors like Kangna Ranaut, Manoj Bajpayee, Irrfan (rip) are fearless and are able to survive with this rebel attitude.
I don’t know when this blame-game will end but I only hope that if the audience supports the right talent by watching their work in the cinema and streaming their shows or films. And media remains unbiased and promote what’s relevant and be a bit more supporting to the outsiders, things can change and Indian cinema can be saved.