Nepotism is an ongoing discussion for a long time in Bollywood. Everyone has different opinions on it. Alia Bhatt, who herself is a product of Nepotism, shared her views about the about the same in a recent interview.
Prominent Bollywood actors like Kareena Kapoor Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Hrithik Roshan, and Ranbir Kapoor come from a family of actors. Each of their parents have been successful actors in the Hindi film industry. But there isn’t much prejudice against them, thanks to their stellar performances in their career. Alia Bhatt, who has an acting career of almost 6 years, has given many powerful performances in her short yet impressive career. With films like Highway, Raazi, and Udta Punjab, Alia has managed to establish herself as an A-list Bollywood actress. But the fact remains that she got her meaty big break in Karan Johar’s ‘Student of The Year’ due to her filmy lineage i.e. successful producer-director father Mahesh Bhatt, actress mother Soni Razdan and director-actress step-sister Pooja Bhatt.
In a recent interview with Times of India, Alia Bhatt was asked about her opinion on the ongoing nepotism issue. The Raazi actress gave a candid reply. She was quoted saying: “Of late, I have realised that there is no need to defend the nepotistic nature of the industry because it does exist. The reason why it has become an emotional debate is because it is difficult for those who don’t get a chance. If I was on the other side, I would be heartbroken. I may have felt the same way. Yes, it does exist everywhere, but this is the only business where there’s no fixed funda. You need to be at the right place at the right time. For instance, if you want to be a doctor, you study, give your examination and get a job. In the film business, you can do whatever you want, but there has to be that X-factor that people talk about. There are so many people who come from nowhere and make it big purely on the basis of their presence and what they bring to the screen.”
She further said, “An XYZ person can be very good looking and some other can be marginally good looking, but the latter can be a bigger star or loved more because of their talent. There are no hard and fast rules as such, so I totally get the emotional upheaval. As far as I am concerned, I won’t even say that I was more prepared because I was so and so’s daughter. I just got very lucky with my first try (Student Of The Year), but you can only get lucky with that first chance. After that only bhagwaan bachaye.”
This is the first time the Alia has spoken so candidly and honestly about nepotism. It was brave and honest on her part to be vocal about the ongoing issue.