Nepotism Is Not A New Concept
BY JEENAT GROVER
Nepotism is not a new concept. But there hasn’t been much debate. The nepotism issue is observable in all areas of working life, and not only in the Bollywood industry. But more than any industry the Bollywood industry was affected. It has more negative than the positive impact probably. Limelight and media coverage were recently taken when the aspiring actor Sushant Singh Rajput committed suicide a few days back because of depression.
Nepotism refers to undue favouritism displayed by those in government, co-workers or eligible candidates to relatives or private associates. Due to close relations, not because of their skills, the unequal privileges are granted. This comes from an Italian word, nepotism that comes from a Latin word “Nepos” meaning nephew.
The word nepotism came about when Catholic Popes and Bishops began in the 14th century to appoint their nephews cardinal positions. That was because the popes and bishops took chaste vows and had no descendants. They then gave their nephews their opportunities. While it was done in religious fields, this can happen in several other areas, including politics, business, music, performance, entertainment, organizations, etc.
Nepotism, while a worldwide phenomenon, is wider in India, perhaps because of our social and national fabric’s strong deepening of the family system.
Nepotism is a way of life in the world, from politics and business to entertainment. British scholar Patrick French described an interesting statistics in his book ‘India: A Portrait’: a hundred per cent of the elect in the lower house of the Indian Parliament belonging to families already politically linked under 30 years of age. Difficult to surprise!
There are Gandhis (politics at the centre level), Yadavs (UP) and the Karunanidhi family in the south and others. Indian businesses have always been families like Ambanis, Tatas, Munjals and so on with exceptions here and there. This pattern is not only elitist, but it can also be seen in medium-sized companies that often label famous grocery stores like that, Sons and Co.
Hindi cinema is definitely widely dominated by those who are linked in some way to the film industry, especially actors in leading roles. s The usual story is that a son/daughter/niece/grandchild of an industrial topline has many people – a Karan Johar is reportedly Godfather of the star kids. It’s yet another story if the public supports them but gets a starred launch vehicle that many non-filmers can’t think of.
As a flag bearer of nepotism, Ranaut addressed to Karan Johar on his show Koffee With Karan Season 5, raising many eyebrows through the movies. The term led, and actually does, to fierce discussion and argument not only in B-Town but also between filmmakers and those who are aspiring to make it big in the film industry.ohar reacted very sharply to Kangana ‘s remark on nepotism, saying: “She’s got a right of opinions; but I don’t think she grasped the whole point, when she says the flag bearer of nepotism, because of what’s nepotism? “Bollywood’s war of words is not fresh and the courtly dispute has already been recognized by Kangana and Johar.
If We talk about the dynamics of nepotism on this subject.
Alia Bhatt, who is highly confident with the performance of her recent films, is unhappy with Kangana ‘s commentary on Nepotism: “I think that because of nepotism, a star kid will get this first movie. But it’s not possible to constantly get movies simply because you belong to the movie family, “she said.”I know that people have difficulty making a difference in the industry, but nepotism is not a fault. I’ve succeeded not only because my family is known, but also because we worked hard and you can’t take it away from me,” Alia added.
She also said “If I was on the other side, I’d be heartbroken. Perhaps I felt like that. Yeah, there is [nepotism] everywhere, but it is the only organization in which no fixed structure is in existence. You must be in the right place at the right time.
Her fellow actor Varun Dhawan is also a son of a famous director and, with his comic time in films which ring the cash registers at the office, made his mark on the film industry.
The famous actress, Taapsee Pannu, once said that she often felt star children took away all the limelight and that ‘outsiders,’ who worked so hard to make a name for themselves, were sometimes overlooked.
Abhishek Bachchan was asked once how he could afford a holiday without work. The career graph of Abhishek has seen many ups and downs since his debut with Refugee. “It doesn’t matter whose child you’re — if you gave a flop, the filmmaker stops taking your call.”
But there are Uday Chopra (son of legendary late director Yash Chopra) and Tanisha Mukerji (sister of Kajol), who cannot make a mark in Bollywood.
A few years ago, at an award show in Bollywood, Sushant was asked about nepotism and said: “Nepotism is there; not only in Bollywood it is everywhere. It’s something you can’t do. It co-exists with nepotism but at the same time, there is an issue if you do not intentionally encourage the appropriate talent to come up. And the whole business system will one day fail. But it’s okay until then.
He also said, “Nepotism can co-exist with all the talented people, and you’ll be able to make beautiful films, which will compete and raise the performance.”
Actor Surveen Chawla slammed into Bollywood nepotism too, after having been replaced by a star kid in a film.
Nepotism, therefore, cannot guarantee success. However, Bollywood and filmi Khandans exist and their staffs receive the initial push and a lot of media interest, which eludes the boy/girl striving for success in an elusive industry. It is not denied that there is so much in the world.