Nepotism Sucks!

There are thousands of talented artists all over India, who have been struggling to make it big in the film industry. But eventually, they fail to shine because the arch lights are always on star kids and those with ‘right connections’. They elbow out everybody else. And the recent crassness deliverd from the IIFA 2017 stage by director Karan Johar, actors Saif Ali khan and Varun Dhawan, as they ganged up against Kangana Ranaut, shows their agressive attitude against the ‘outsiders’. They yelled – ‘Nepotism Rocks’ sounding high and mighty. 

But if we, the cinema goers, take away the lights and their surnames from them, they do not stand a chance even as decent human beings.

I hope some law comes up to check this nepotism menace so that the deserving get their due. And the standard of our Hindi films improves. It is because of nepotism that we lose out on international stage. 

Do have a look at the list below to recall the extent of nepotism in the Indian Film Industry. This is how they gained entry in films –

Karan Johar via Yash Johar

Varun Dhawan via David Dhawan

Saif Ali Khan via Sharmila Tagore

Salman Khan via Salim Khan

Aamir Khan via Tahir Hussain

Tiger Shroff via Jackie Shroff

Hrithik Roshan via Rakesh Roshan

Ajay Devgan via Veeru Devgan

Ranbir Kapoor via Rishi Kapoor

Shahid Kapoor via Pankaj Kapoor

Arjun Kapoor via Boney Kapoor

Sanjay Dutt via Sunil Dutt, Nargis

Abhishek Bachchan via Amitabh Bachchan

Sooraj Pancholi – Aditya Pancholy, Zarina Wahab


Kareena Kapoor via Randhir Kapoor, Babita

Shraddha Kapoor via Shakti Kapoor

Sonakshi Sinha via Shatrughan Sinha

Alia Bhatt via Mahesh Bhatt

Sonam Kapoor via Anil Kapoor

Athiya Shetty via Suniel Shetty

Kajol via Tanuja

And the list is swelling. Looks at the instagram follows of would be star kids! Some of the aforementioned actors like Aamir Khan, Kajol are talented but most of these are useless, fake people – pompous with low IQs!

Exceptions like Akshay Kumar, Shah Rukh Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone, Irrfan Khan, Nawazuddin… have made it on their own. But they are just a handful and even they have to appease the nepotistic dons. Kangana called a spade a spade, therefore she has been a target since by the likes of Mr Johar.

We repeat, Mr Johar and the likes… Nepotism Sucks! That’s the very reason why our films lack originality.

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34 thoughts on “Nepotism Sucks!


    Excellent post and Agreed! I see this everywhere. The system shuts out so many on purpose. It’s all about the money, not the artistry or work. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. You are hunting at one of the home truths in politics, films and other spheres of life. While there is nothing wrong with entry of daughters and sons following their parental footsteps if they have the talent, let us be sure they will not make it if they do not have what it takes to hit the big time. The most illustrative example in Hindi films is the Kapoor clan starting from Prithiviraj. What an array of talent which has met wide acclaim, and deservingly so. Conversely, there are the examples of mediocrities and failures who did not make the grade inspite of their big parental influence in the industry. There are many success stories of artists who have achieved stardom sans any family connections but by sheer dint of talent as identified by you. Fact of the matter is there is no stopping genuine talent and aspiration from moving into the limelight. Mind you, talent alone will not suffice, it must combine with persevering ambition.

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    1. Nicely said Sir, I completely agree! The only thing is now they have started to gang up against any outsider who dares them. It must be frustrating for talented artists to appease this people to get through. I have met many of these shallow people during journalist days. I hope this ganging up ends and as you said – ‘there is no stopping genuine talent and aspiration combined with persevering ambition.’ Thank you for stopping by and your lovely comment😊

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    1. Absolutely true Sir. It was really shallow. However, literature was also my beat, so I met a lot many writers including Khushwant Singh, Amish Tripathi, Ruskin Bond to name a few. That sort of kept me happy. But absolutely agreed, film journalism was bad!

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  3. Mumani

    I think people r fedup of seeing that karan johar in every event with his hidden girl like attitude and theway he dance…. i wish some body should stop him for at least 5 yr to come to reality show or award show. I hate him for his comments to the fellow actresses those r not from film background. He also criticised divya balan 4 her dressing sense. The worst person

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  4. Shivangi, an hour back before reading this post I was discussing about the dearth of talent in the Hindi Film Industry with my daughter. The nepotism you are talking about is not new and these days it has become more and more as new generation star kids are emerging into the industry.
    The list you have given seems to increase by the day.
    I was telling my daughter that the talent from the male side is absolutely bad. The same old, Kapoors,Khans and Kumars are over riding the show. It is a bit better from the female angle.
    We see new fresh talents from no filmi back ground.
    Like Vidya Balan, Kangana Ranaut, Deepika Padakone, Katrina Kaif, Jacqueline Fernandes, Pooja Hegade, Tamanna Bhatia and so on…
    It is natural to bring their offspring in to the fold, but for nepotism… is a shame where talent and art solid be the priority.
    It is a call to all filmiwallahs to look back and front and encourage new talent and faces.
    I am deeply impressed by this post and vote your opinion in all respects Shivangi!😃🌹🎶


    1. Every word that you say is true Shiva. Our film Industry’s standard will keep falling if we do not bring fresh talents. South India produces better films always and the Hindi remakes are done. Nepotism anywhere is bad if it is thwarting real talents!

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