Kangana Ranaut's explosive interview with Arnab Goswami on Republic TV where she spoke about the ‘movie mafia,’ and hit out at Bollywood’s biggies including Karan Johar, Rajeev Masand, Aditya Chopra and Mahesh Bhatt, has stirred up a hornet’s nest.In the interview, Kangana blamed a certain section of Bollywood’s elite club for systematically targeting Sushant Singh Rajput, which ultimately led to his death.It has been more than a month since actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s untimely death. Nothing in the recent past has shaken Bollywood as his death has and the discussions and theories revolving around it refuse to die down. Fans and celebrities alike have been demanding that a CBI probe be done into the actor’s death.His death has also reignited the debate on nepotism in an industry which is known to fiercely guard its turf against outsiders. Quite a few people, both star kids who have had the benefit of relationships, and stark outsiders who have struggled to find a footing in the industry, have spoken out about how nepotism has helped or hurt them.We take a look at what Bollywood’s celebrities have to say about it:
As peddlers of nepotism attract flak from audience bodies, many members of the industry, Kangana Ranaut, for example, have voiced out their angst against ‘Nepotism’. Anupam Kher too, took to social media to express his regret for this malpractice the industry is reeling under and insisted that talented youth must not let the unfortunate incident discourage them, and keep reaching Mumbai chasing their Bollywood dreams.
Netizens are slamming Bollywood biggies and accusing them of nepotism and citing it as one of the reasons that might’ve led to Sushanth’s tragic end.
In the last season of ‘Koffee with Karan’, actor Kangana Ranaut sparked a row when she termed the host, Karan Johar, the ‘flag-bearer of nepotism’ in Bollywood. Since then, there has been a raging debate about nepotism in Bollywood. Recently, Salman produced a movie called ‘Love Yatri’ under his banner to launch his brother-in-law Ayush Sharma, who is the husband of Arpita Khan.
Last year, Kangana Ranaut wondered why a 43-year-old man needed his father to come to his rescue every time she spoke about him. As we all know, she was referring to Rakesh Roshan’s remarks backing son Hrithik Roshan in the whole debacle which has been dragging on for nearly two years now. In an industry which is teeming with nepotism and patriarchy, such incidents of fathers supporting their sons are aplenty. Last year, amidst the entire Hrithik-Kangana fiasco, Adhyayan Suman who had dated Kangana for a while decided to come out with his own set of mud slinging when he claimed that she had ruined his life and career.
Nepotism - now, it’s something that everyone knows. Going by the dictionary, Nepotism is ‘the practice among those with power or influence of favouring relatives or friends, especially by giving them jobs.’ Well, this word has created a stir in the whole of the media industry. Kangana Ranaut initiated the debate with her statement in Koffee With Karan - “In my biopic, if it is ever made, you will play the stereotypical villain.
One who is intolerant of outsiders.. the flag-bearer of nepotism in Bollywood and movie mafia,” - Kangana Ranaut spoke her heart out at Karan Johar’s much-talked-about show Koffee With Karan. Little did she know that her take on nepotism in the industry will become one of the hottest topics of discussion.
Karan Johar and Kangana Ranaut are having a war of words since the time she made an appearance on his show Koffee With Karan 5. The whole controversy of nepotism took place and many Bollywood celebrities were asked about their views about it. Recently, in an interview Barkha Dutt at Town Hall, Karan was asked about Kangana and whether he was nepotistic or sexist on KWK.
A lot has been spoken about nepotism happening in the Bollywood industry. After Kangana Ranaut expressed her thoughts about it on Koffee With Karan 5, many celebrities were quizzed about it. Today, at the trailer launch of Raabta, Sushant Singh Rajput was asked about his views on this much-talked topic currently.
The incident is still pretty fresh in our memory – we are talking about Kangana Ranaut’s allegations on Karan Johar and the industry at large, that how it runs on nepotism. While we were following the story closely, we couldn’t help but notice that despite a long history and bond with the who’s who of Bollywood, the careers of many star kids fell flat on their faces while those who were alien to B’town have actually achieved unreal success.
That Bollywood is a highly male dominated industry is an understatement. From churning out films that have reduced heroines to nothing more than sex objects, and writing lyrics and dialogues that reek of sexism, to the huge pay gap between male and female actors in the industry, Bollywood has always relegated its female stars to the back burner. While earlier actresses were mostly content with their roles of playing second fiddle to actors, many of today’s actresses are standing up to their rights, and fighting against the male chauvinism that prevails in the industry.We take a look at Bollywood’s brave women who have taken on the rampant gender bias that exists both within the industry and outside.Pics courtesy: wikimedia commons – bollywoodhungama.com and Yogen Shah