The untimely demise of actor Sushant Singh Rajput has led to a heated debate on the internet about the existence of nepotism in the Bollywood industry. The netizens claimed that the Kai Po Che actor was treated as an outsider in the industry which led him to take the drastic step. Sushant died of suicide and his dead body was found on June 14, 2020, at his residence in Mumbai.
Due to the on-going debate surrounding nepotism and existing Bollywood camps, many celebrity kids were trolled on social media platforms. Meanwhile, Alia Bhatt’s mother Soni Razdan has finally spoken up amid the controversy after her daughter was trolled mercilessly.
Filmmaker Hansal Mehta recently spoke on the nepotism debate stating, “This nepotism debate must be broadened. Merit counts most. My son got a step in the door because of me. And why not. But he’s been an integral part of my best work because he is talented, disciplined, hardworking, and shares similar values as me. Not just because he’s my son.”
Hansal further added, “He will make films not because I will produce them. I might not. But because he deserves to make them. He will have a career only if he survives. It is ultimately him and not his father who will build his career. My shadow is both his biggest benefit and greatest bane.”
Reacting to his tweets, Soni Razdan said, “The expectation that people have because of whose son or daughter you are is much more. Also those who r ranting about nepotism today and who have made it on their own will also have kids one day. And what if they want to join the industry? Will they stop them from doing so?”
Responding to which Hansal said, “The debate has been narrowed down to target certain people. Not for the sake of reform or larger good. Before nepotism ends we must work towards reducing hypocrisy and ‘vested interest publicity’. Bullying must end. Bullies must be called out. Not talent.”
Amid the nepotism debate, a case has also been filed against the Bollywood biggies for their partiality and other allegations.