The nepotism debate has been going on for quite some time now and looks like, it’s not going to end anytime soon. Adding fuel to the fire, every other day, some Bollywood celebrity speaks up on star kids being preferred over outsiders. Producer Ekta Kapoor and Tiger Shroff’s mother Ayesha Shroff are the latest celebrities to join the nepotism debate.
What happened was, two days back, Ekta Kapoor and Imtiaz Ali unveiled the trailer of Laila Majnu. The film, which showcases a tragic love story, will launch two new faces into the industry without the filmy background. Laila Majnu stars Avinash Tiwari and Tripti Dimri, and has been directed by filmmaker Imtiaz Ali’s brother Sajid Ali. For the same, Ekta took to Instagram and talked about hiring “unknown talents who have no legacy, star fathers or godfathers.”
Ekta wrote “Promo in two hours max! Pls see a glimpse of this piece of cinema about raw timeless love untamed by the commerce of films helmed by the best @imtiazaliofficial and lived by two yet unknown talents who have no film legacy or star fathers or godfathers.”
But looks like, the caption didn’t go too well with Jackie Shroff’s wife and Tiger Shroff’s mom, Ayesha Shroff. Ayesha promptly replied to the post, defending star kids. Her son, Tiger, a star kid, made his debut with Heropanti in 2014. She criticised her post by saying, “It’s not a sin to have a star father my dear! Hard work and talent is the same no matter what caste, creed or lineage!”
Although Ekta Kapoor agreed to Ayesha, she said that it is indeed difficult to make a film with two outsiders and market it. “not at all mam! I have one 😉 but u have to admit for a producer to sell market n turn around a film with newcomers is far tougher with no lineage attached ! This is no slight to any star kid least of all tiger who is FANTASTIC! But a request to give other kids a chance too.”, Ekta replied.
During the launch event of ‘Laila Majnu’, Ekta was asked about her opinion on nepotism, which started with Kangana Ranaut criticising Karan Johar for promoting star kids. “I don’t do it. I don’t agree that it is only film industry’s problem because there is a whole world around it,” Ekta had said.
Let’s see if anyone else with a filmy background has anything to add to this debate!