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Vivek Agnihotri Claims “Nepotism” In Bollywood Started ‘Post-2000’

The Kashmir Files director Vivek Agnihotri claims that nepotism in the Bollywood industry started after celebrity kids came in.

The Kashmir Files director Vivek Agnihotri is known for his bold and straightforward remarks, while recently during an interview the filmmaker was seen sharing his take on nepotism in the Bollywood industry. He stated that there was no nepotism in the Hindi industry before 2000s. But now Bollywood has become a very close-knit kind of mafia after the celebrity kids entered the industry.

Vivek Agnihotri Claims “Nepotism” In Bollywood Started ‘Post-2000’

In a recent conversation with Brut India, Kashmir Filesd director Vivek Agnihotri said, “Bollywood used to be different. I think pre-2000, it was a different place because most of the people were outsiders. And then those stars, people who became big stars by 2000, their children then came and then slowly it became a very close-knit kind of a mafia, and they have some problems with outsiders. I don’t know why. And that’s why they are suffering also,”

He added, “Here (in Bollywood) what happened post-2000 is that they closed the doors of this castle for everybody else. I don’t think there was nepotism before 2000, because if you look at the stars, Dharmendra was an outsider, Jitendra was an outsider, Rajesh Khanna, Vinod Khanna, Amitabh Bachchan, Govinda, Shatrughan Sinha were outsiders. You name anybody – all the actors, heroes, heroines – Madhuri Dixit, Sridevi – these are all outsiders. They are not coming from film families.”

He continued, “But when these people became very successful, their children came, then directors’ children came, then the producers’ children came. I have no problems with that. Absolutely. My problem is when you push incompetence, if the world can see, even you know that this brother cannot even act, or say A for acting or D for direction”.

Vivek Agnihotri’s Films

Filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri is known among the audience for his film ‘The Kashmir Files’. The film is based on the killings and exodus of Kashmiri Hindus in the valley in the 1990s. Starring Anupam Kher, Mithun Chakraborty, Pallavi Joshi, and Darshan Kumar. The film became one of the first Bollywood films to cross the ₹300-crore barrier during the pandemic. The filmmaker is currently working on his upcoming film, “Delhi Files”.

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