The Legacy of Nepotism
“It was a tough day for me. My Jaguar broke down and I had to travel to the studio in an Audi. Not to mention the studio was on the first floor and the building did not have an elevator. So I had to walk up the stairs. For full 5 minutes, I was exposed to the heat and humidity of the city.”
On the night of 31st July, Shah Rukh Khan attended Vogue Beauty Awards and unveiled the new glossy cover for the August edition of Vogue. Suhana Khan, daughter of SRK, starred the front page. She looked absolutely stunning and gorgeous. She was described as a student, theatre lover, and a future star. Above is the meme that went viral later that night. It is fake, but makes sense about how difficult her life is and most probably the difficulties she faced to get on the cover of Vogue. This is ‘tu janta nahi mera baap kaun hai’ in real life.
Ironically, Jhanvi Kapoor debuted on Vogue last month and this month it’s her BFF Suhana Khan. It almost seems as though Suhana went to SRK and said, “Papa, papa mujhe bhi chahiye.” Jhanvi Kapoor had at least had her debut movie coming out later that month, Suhana is legit not even a celebrity. The only achievement that Suhana Khan has in the industry is probably the fact that she is SRK’s daughter.
Vogue justified themselves by saying that the August issue is ‘An ageless issue’, it focuses on family. But who really knows the truth. According to Huffington Post, an insider told them that they selected Suhana Khan to star it only because they wanted a huge celebrity presence in the Vogue Beauty Awards, and staring her would mean getting SRK to attend the event. Moreover, due to this controversy Vogue gained lot of popularity. Hence it was probably just a marketing stunt.
Recent events in Bollywood have highlighted the fact that nepotism is going to prevail for a long time. Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan, Sonu Sood, Anaya Pandey, Jhanvi Kapoor and many more star kids were given a golden ticket to Bollywood as if it's their birthright. While many production companies say that they take newcomers, we hardly see one or two every year in lead roles. Most of the new actors end up playing supporting roles for the movies that they audition. How is it that there are so many open castings, but only star kids or people with good contacts land up for the lead roles?
Honestly, Bollywood belongs to India and Nepotism runs in the blood of Indians. Nepotism in India is not only limited to bollywood but is also present in politics, businesses, and various other fields.
Bollywood has given opportunities from rags to riches, but it kind of seems that the riches have it easier as usual. Unlike in Hollywood, where recently many new actors have been introduced like KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart, Millie Bobby Brown, and many more who have amazing talents and diversified the industry. Bollywood as well, gave us amazing stars like Akshay Kumar, Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh, Shah Rukh Khan and many more. At the same time, it even gave stars like Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan, Jhanvi Kapoor an easy way in.
Neither am I doubting their talent nor am I questioning their acting skills but I am definitely asking if they’d be worthy of even being considered to be where they are right now had they not been the daughters and sons of celebrities?