The nepotism debate has acquired a new vigour in Bollywood after the suicide of Sushant Singh Rajput. Now the latest industry insider to join this debate is veteran filmmaker R. Balki. While several people have given their views on the nepotism debate, the filmmaker’s stand has made everyone sit up and think about it.
R. Balki has said that while there is nepotism in every industry, he does not understand why is there so much noise around it only in the Bollywood industry. Further supporting his point, he said, “It’s undeniable that this happens everywhere. Think about the Mahindras, Ambanis, Bajaj’s… Their father passed on the businesses to them. Does anyone say ‘No I don’t think Mukesh Ambani shouldn’t run this business, someone else should?’ In every strata of the society, it happens, even a driver or a vegetable seller passes on businesses to their children. So, it’s a foolish argument.”
In the same interview to Hindustan Times, R. Balki has further shunned all those crying nepotism. The veteran filmmaker said that he is more than happy to discuss the issue of nepotism if people are ready to find better actors than Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt who are both star kids. The filmmaker though was quick to add that it certainly is difficult for outsiders to enter the industry.
R Balki further said, “The question is do they (star kids) have an unfair or bigger advantage? Yes, there are pros and cons. But I’d ask one simple question: Find me a better actor than Alia (Bhatt) or Ranbir (Kapoor), and we’ll argue. It’s unfair on these few people who’re probably some of the finest actors. Understand that audiences don’t like actors without talent. Sometimes, they also want to see star kids on screen. That’s only the first chance that you get, and then one needs to survive on their own.”
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