Sapno ke shehar Mumbai main mera ghar ho. Uski ek khidki se samundar dur tak fela samundar dikhta ho. Khidki vale kamre main ek alishan bistar ho. Roz subah jab bistar se uthkar niche pao rakhne lagu to ek naukar aakar ek hath se muje coffee de aur dusre hath se mere pao ke niche ek makhmal ki chappal rakh de. Ghar ke bahar kuch fan autograph lene ke liye intzar kar rhe ho.
I can hear someone shouting “uth ja kam kara mere sath. Bai nahi ai hai aj.” When I receive a flying chappal I realise that the person shouting was my mom. I realise that the ‘rubber ki chappal’ is the reality and the ‘makhmal ki chappal’ was the dream. I place the reality under my feet and get to work. My sister is sitting and watching TV. From the loud volume I can make out that it’s the infamous episode of “Koffee with Karan”. KJo is asking acclaimed actress Kangana Ranaut about her views on nepotism. She replies, “You are the flag bearer of nepotism, the Bollywood mafia.” Some fire had been spit by the actress, the flames of which can still be felt. Karan didn’t reply to her on the show as she was his guest but the debate had already begun.
Nepotism has been a forever phenomenon in Bollywood. You can’t deny that there are actors out there who are plain bad at their trade but they are still out there, because “star kids”. Let’s not go into the name game. Many more are in the pipeline of being launched. Only time will tell how good of an actor they are. Bollywood is an industry which millions across India aim to enter into. So many youngsters get into film schools so as to learn the art of acting but only a few of them make it big. Some others are just not meant for this industry and for some there is a KJo waiting out there to spill water on all their dreams.
Bollywood decides to make a movie about evils of caste & class… Then they cast 2 actors who have 0 credentials but nepotism backing them… @karanjohar
Thoda badam khao aur apni one dimensional zindagi se bahar niklo #Dhadak
— Kunal Kamra (@kunalkamra88) June 11, 2018
Nepotism exists to such huge extent in the film industry that the people who have made it big on their own are called outsiders. To name a few – Priyanka Chopra, SRK, Anushka Sharma, Vidya Balan and of course the Kangana Ranaut herself. These are the people who should be called the proud outsiders as they are the ones who didn’t give up on their dreams and waded through the dirt to be where they are. Some aspirants don’t have the determination. They simply give up on their dreams.
Let’s flip the side. It is a common thing to see that every next generation tends to take up whatever has been the family profession. Slight possibility of this can be their interest in the same field, but a major reason is the ease of already having family members in the profession and hence not having the same struggles and hardships which a newcomer would, in any profession. You cannot solely blame Bollywood for the same. I agree. Every profession has a KJo helping out kids to do well and become Crorepatis. Yet, I become a little biased and today focus the blame game only on Bollywood because no other profession gives to its practitioners such a wide reach. Nobody except these stars have in their hand the humungus power to make a global impact.
To the middle-class people like me who want to make it big in tinsel town one day, I say – Don’t stop honing your talent. Learn the craft in the best possible way. Being good at your trade shall help you go a long way. But to put yourself on the way, search for out for as many uncles and aunts as you can. They shall be your ticket to the bigger ticket. I have been opposing nepotism since the beginning of the piece, and I will also be the one to ask you not to let go of your dreams because of it. Nepotism is pretty much a reality and if you have to use it for fulfilling your dreams, by all means, do it. Wading through the dirt is not everyone’s cup of tea. But if you have faith in your aspirations, I urge you to keep trying.