In the first place, there should have been no debate about nepotism in Bollywood. Everybody knows that nepotism exists and nobody really disagrees with it. What people disagree with is the fact that star kids have their stardom on a platter. It is because stardom comes from your fans, the more the number of fans and admirers, the bigger star you are. Mass appeal and stardom are directly proportional. So, most argue that star kids should not get their stardom served to them but need to toil hard for it.
Allow me a moment to explain what I am saying here. On the contrary, when Janhvi Kapoor got her Vogue India cover, her first film was on the verge of releasing. So, the debate is not actually between the platform that is denied to a newcomer and wrapped in silk for a starkid. The debate is the difference in treatment between star kids, reports the Masala.com.
Yes, being a star kid is NOT a guarantee that you will get a platform. Or, to be specific, you will get a dream platform. The platform that a starkid will get is again directly proportional to what or how his or her parents are doing in life. Let me paraphrase what a producer told me over the phone this morning. “What we are looking at is return on investment or RoI. My RoI looks good if I get a daughter or son of a big star. Make no mistake that most big stars have children who are looking for a break. But if I get a Suhana Khan to do my film, it is a jackpot for me in terms of RoI,” he said. I asked him to explain his RoI concept if we have Suhana Khan on board for a film.
But that’s not the point. The point is: The same kind of treatment won’t be available to you if you are the daughter or a son of a lesser star. You might have to struggle more than an average newcomer to get your first break. “If you are a son or a daughter of a smaller star, you might be carrying a baggage of your star father or mother. Chances are, I need to be convinced that taking you won’t hamper my film,” he added.
He is not wrong, look at the debut of the “lesser known” star kids. They never had it easy and often started with small budget films or multi-starrers. Take for example, Shahid Kapoor, Varun Dhawan Alia Bhatt, Shraddha Kapoor and the like.