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Why are the self-made actors of Bollywood not supporting Kangana Ranaut in the nepotism row?

From Varun to Vivek, Kangy seems to find unlikely supporters in only those who're essentially products of nepotism themselves

Nairita Mukherjee Noir_Memoir 18 September 2017, 10:08 PM
Kangy seems to be fighting alone

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Ever since Kangana Ranaut cried nepotism on Koffee With Karan, it has become a long-running debate that never seems to end. It is now the most-asked question at events and press meets, and almost anything anyone says headlines that day's trending stories. While we've all gotten a tad bit bored of harping on the same string, on hindsight it makes us wonder if Kangy is after all just fighting alone for a lost cause? 

From Varun Dhawan to Vivek Oberoi, Kangana Ranaut seems to have found unlikely supporters in only those who're essentially products of nepotism themselves. Even the scions of the first family of Bollywood, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Ranbir Kapoor have an opinion on nepotism. "If there’s Alia Bhatt, there’s also Kangana Ranaut," said Bebo in an interview to a magazine, while Ranbir had no qualms admitting he is indeed "a product of nepotism." But the supposedly self-made actors are surprisingly quiet. 

One of the two things is true: Either there aren't many self-made actors in Bollywood, which sort of indicates that Kangana Ranaut was right. Or, none of them have the balls to speak up for they fear they will lose the patronage of popular camps. When Anushka Sharma was asked to comment on the topic during the promotions of Jab Harry Met Sejal, she went on the back foot (something her rumoured boyfriend Virat Kohli isn't seen doing, very often) and said, "Being an outsider, I never faced nepotism." Did she have to say it considering she is a Yash Raj baby, we don't know. 

Vidya Balan, a woman we looked up to not just for promoting a body positive image in cinema, said at an event, "I am seriously bored of who is on which side of the debate these days. I turn the page of the newspaper the moment I see the word... I am not interested." completely avoiding making a statement. Wonder if that was in the capacity of Mrs UTV? 

Taapsee Pannu, on the other hand, took a direct jibe at Kangana when she said, "I was aware of the nepotism that exists in the industry and even then, I decided to be a part of it. I don’t like playing the victim card." That this came after she had already bagged Judwaa 2 opposite Varun, a film directed by his dad, David Dhawan, is, perhaps, just a coincidence. 

"My experience of Bollywood is not nepotistic at all. I think people who have been most warm and nice are people like Karan Johar, Sonam Kapoor and even Aditya Chopra," said Swara Bhaskar, of Ranjhana and Prem Ratan Dhan Payo fame, and now going into Veere Di Wedding. See the drift? 

In all this, Shah Rukh Khan hasn't sided with Kangana directly, although he was the flagbearer of the rags-to-riches story of an outsider making it big in tinseltown before Kangy dethroned him. 

The likes of Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra have kept mum, too, perhaps owing to their international schedules. And Ranveer Singh has been dragged to counter Kangy's claims and prove how he made it all by himself. Well, he did not— he belongs to a well-known producer family, and is even distantly related to Anil Kapoor. What were you thinking, Bollywood?

As Simran makes the box office numbers it deserves, we wonder if the so-called self-made actor will grow a pair to speak up. Or would prefer to stick to their camps until hurricane Kangana calms down.

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