Sushant Singh Death: Is The Dooming Shadow Of Nepotism Ruining Bollywood?
Bollywood is a great source of movies filled with hyperactive songs and fun plots. A place where the glitz and glamour have already created a huge difference among other entertainment industries around the globe.
Whenever a peppy tone comes up where various dancers are dancing incorporating the rhythm of the song, it is bound to be from Bollywood, and why not? Bollywood is known for its liveliness and of course the Khans.
Bollywood has given the world some really talented people who have worked in the various entertainment industries, for example, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Irfaan Khan, Tabu, Anupam Kher, Deepika Padukone, Om Puri, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, etc.
They are mainly known outside the Bollywood industry for having such talent that has made the Bollywood society to be reckoned as a mine of gems, but one thing that has been suppressed by the glitz and glamour of the industry is the rising case of nepotism and how it continues to take the life of many rising stars.
The oppressors neither have a voice to speak nor a godfather to help them survive:
Everywhere in the industry, each and every production company has its own preferences for casting. When a character is made, it is generally specialized around a particular actor. Either that or people generally audition to get the part.
However, the case of preferences is more natural. For example, the role of Tyrion Lannister from Game of Thrones was tailor-made for Peter Dinklage. He was the only one who didn’t have to audition to get the part. It was preferred mainly because he was well suited to do the role.
However, in Bollywood, it is different and the evidence has been surfacing more than once in many forms. The talents to whom the role should be given is not bestowed with and the ones who are given the role are not deserving of it. Where are they lacking then?
They lack the royal blood. No no, we are not talking about that royal blood, we are talking about ‘star-kids’. The case of nepotism in Bollywood has always been around but the glitz and glamour of the industry are so shiny that it almost surpasses each and every movie under the needs of the commercialization.
However, the recent suicide of a rising star, Sushant Singh Rajput who is believed to be the victim of nepotism among many other things, has stirred quite a controversy forcing many people to come up with their own story on how they were stepped over for not having the backing of the big name in the industry.
The death of Sushant Singh Rajput who had become a heartthrob in the Bollywood industry not only for his talent and passion towards acting and dancing but also for his good looks and physique. He was the perfect example of beauty with brains. Sushant Singh Rajput started his journey from the small screen and through his hard work and talent made it to the big screen.
Nonetheless, after his suicide, many things were made clear, one of them was the fact that Bollywood isn’t as shiny and dreamy as it seems. The suicide of Rajput has been linked with the reason for nepotism and rejection of the Bollywood industry.
What lies under the industry that shines so brightly?
It has been evident in many videos where Sushant Singh Rajput has been pleading with his fans to go and watch his movies otherwise he will be kicked out of the industry. What made him say this? It was the mere rejection of the society which led him to do that.
The rejection not only came from the directors in the forms of canceled movie contracts that were handed down to a distant relative of Anil Kapoor, Ranveer Singh but the rejection of his very identity that had shaken him.
Sushant Singh Rajput, even after producing quite a few hits, had claimed that he was never invited to any of the glamourous parties that the big names throw.
He was literally alone in the society, without any godfather or a famous someone supporting him, rooting for him. Why does it happen? Why could not Bollywood pave way for the talented ones?
After the death of Sushant Singh Rajput, the big names of the industry came forward to pay their respect by tweeting their condolences, however, there was only one person who showed her interest in the death of Rajput.
That person, who shares a similar experience with that of Rajput as she is also an ‘outsider’ in the eyes of Bollywood but mastered the art of acting, is Kangana Ranaut, the recipient of the national award. She shared her views on the recent suicide of the Sushant claiming it was nepotism that had killed him.
The case of nepotism has risen again and again for many times. It has been going on for quite some time and the lack of answers coming from the side of stars who rule Bollywood makes it evident that nepotism does exist and has clinched its nails deep down in the industry.
One of the powerful and biggest stars in the industry, Salman Khan has interfered with many budding talented people’s careers along with Sushant Singh Rajput. It was claimed that Sushant was banned from dharma production, Salman’s own production company.
Salman even interfered in the career of Abhinav Kashyap who came forward after the death of Rajput claiming that Khan tried to sabotage his career.
Khan even tried to ruin the career of a budding singer Arijit Singh along with Vivek Oberoi. even shut down the rumors of linkage with the suicide of Jia Khan to Aditya Pancholi.
Not only Salman khan but one of the flag-bearers of nepotism is Karan johar who launches the kids of stars with big names rather than launching talented people with a knack of acting. He has so far launched star kids like Alia Bhatt, the Daughter of producer Mahesh Bhatt, Varun Dhawan, Ananya Pandey, etc.
Karan Johar has been the hot topic that is linked with the suicide of Rajput mainly because how he looks down upon those who have been an outsider. The talk show ‘Koffee with Karan’ is a hotspot of stars coming together and discussing ‘Bollywood’.
In this show, Rajput has been a topic many times but not in the good sense, he was merely used as an object that could become a laughing stock.
Seeing how the case of reservation in the industry works, many shared their own experience. Abhay Deol, who worked in Zindagi Milegi Na Dobara along with Farhan Akhtar and Hrithik Roshan, Katrina kaif, claimed that in the award show, Hrithik and Katrina shared the best performance for actors and actresses’ award where they were only considered as the sidekicks wherein the plot of the movie tells otherwise.
He quoted “Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara”, released in 2011. I need to chant this title to me every day nowadays! Also, a great watch when anxious or stressed. I would like to mention that almost all the award functions demoted me and Farhan from main leads, and nominated us as “supporting actors”.
Hrithik and Katrina were nominated as “actors in a leading role”. So by the industry’s own logic, this was a film about a man and a woman falling in love, with the man supported by his friends for whatever decisions he takes.
There are many covert and overt ways in which people in the industry lobby against you. In this case, it was shamelessly overt. I, of course, boycotted the awards but Farhan was ok with it. #familyfareawards Very creative artwork”
In one post on Instagram, Deol puts together the faulty functionality of how the system in Bollywood works. It has been noticed many times that undeserving candidates and nominations have won in the award shows instead of giving the award to someone who deserved it.
Why aren’t the big stars speaking up against the injustice?
Even after how nepotism has been ruining the industry and the functionality of it, unlike Hollywood where help is given to those who are deserving of it, in Bollywood it is given to those who have the recognizing titles after their names.
One of the greatest things that could ever happen to this humanity is having the power and the freedom of speech so why aren’t the big stars protesting against this?
Why can’t Stars like Shah Rukh Khan, Amir Khan, Amitava Bachchan who started with nothing but now have everything become the voice of the oppressor? Is it because it would close the opportunity for launching their own kids in the industry or is it because they are least worried about it?
At last, it could be concluded by saying that the glamour of Bollywood will fade if they continue to block ways of those with talent. The requirements of the viewers are changing with time, they seek pure jewel that will evoke emotions with their acting. The glistening of Bollywood will be shadowed by the foul workings of a few if a solution isn’t sought.