30 Sep – Amid the debates on the viral topic of nepotism babies that have been going around social media when it comes to both Hollywood and Bollywood, filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri decided to share his two cents on the topic in a recent interview.
He added that after the year 2000, the door seemed to have been closed to talents outside of these Bollywood families - the Khans and Kapoors, the Bachchans and the Roshans, among others – with the trend destroying careers of talented outsiders.
"If you look at the stars, Dharmendra was an outsider, Jitendra was an outsider, Rajesh Khanna, Vinod Khanna, Amitabh Bachchan, Govinda, Shatrughan Sinha were outsiders. You name anybody – all the actors, heroes, heroines – Madhuri Dixit, Sridevi – these are all outsiders. They are not coming from film families. But when these people became very successful, their children came, then directors' children came, then the producers' children came. I have no problems with that. Absolutely. My problem is when you push incompetence, if the world can see, even you know that this brother cannot even act, or say A for acting or D for direction," Vivek said.
Back in May, the topic of "Nepotism babies" was raised again after it was revealed that nearly half of Zoya Akhtar's cast for her new movie, "The Archies" - Suhana Khan (daughter of Shah Rukh Khan), Agastya Nanda (grandchild of Amitabh Bachchan) and Khushi Kapoor (daughter of Sridevi) - are part of the Bollywood dynasty.