New Delhi | Akshata Kumbar: The purported nepotism and favouritism in Bollywood has been a topic of argumentation since long. Recently, the debate on the topic shedding light on the darker side of India’s glittering showbiz industry has reignited following the demise of actor Sushant Singh Rajput, who allegedly ended his life leaving the nation in shock.

Nepotism, ‘gangism’ and trade of favours by the industry’s insiders for their close relatives, which tends to sideline the ‘outsider’ talent has become a prime topic of concern which refuses to die down.

Self-made actors – Kangana Ranaut, Sushmita Sen, Ayushmann Khurrana and Rajkummar Rao – have acknowledged the fact that nepotism and favouritism very much exist in the showbiz and the glamorous industry.

Being a star kid himself, Saif Ali Khan also joined the list of celebs who spoke on the darker side of the Bollywood, indicating that ‘nepotism’ is common in Hindi cinema.

In an exclusive conversation with Jagran New Media, Bulbbul fame actress Tripti Dimri believes star kids’ struggles are more than an outsider as they are always under scrutiny and compared constantly with their parents or siblings.

“They (star kids) have their own struggles and their struggles are more than an outsider because they are constantly compared with their parents or siblings, but that doesn’t happen with an outsider. Being an outsider, we still get sympathy saying ‘she is an outsider and she has made it on her own’. Struggle is equal here and it is wrong to say that you are a ‘product of nepotism’. If my father was an actor, I would have tried my luck in the industry. I think it depends on your talent whether you will be able to survive in the industry or not.”

Talking about her three years of journey in the Hindi film industry, the actress has managed to do three films and believes that the numbers are good for an actor who has just started her career in Bollywood. Speaking about getting a fair chance, Tripti said, “It would be really wrong on my part if I say that the industry never gave me a chance to work or picked someone else for the role”

Hailing a few star kids, Tripti Dimri said, “Because of nepotism, today we have got actors like Alia Bhatt and Ranbir Kapoor and they are good actors, they deserve to be in this industry. I believe our audience is very smart, if you won’t perform and deliver properly they won’t entertain you.”

“Let’s take Kartik Aaryan for instance, he is also an outsider but people love his films and they go to watch him in theatres and his films have earned big numbers, which is why he is a star today. So, who has the power? Audience.. they have the power. There has to be a balance.. audience and industry both should support newcomers,” Tripti said.

Tripti is hopeful that since Bulbbul has earned praise from all over the world, it will lead her to some exciting projects, opportunities and interesting characters to play in future.

The article has been written by Akshata Kumbar (Assistant Manager, Social Media, Jagran New Media).

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma