The latest buzzword in the Indian film industry is nepotism. The ultra-controversial topic shook the Bollywood completely and all thanks to Queen of Bollywood, Kangana Ranaut. Since Kangana teased the issue of Nepotism at Koffee With Karan, it sparked off a debate in the film industry. Everyone has been giving their opinion as to what they think over the matter.
While there are many examples of ordinary people who have become stars on their own accord, there are an equally large number of people who had the right backing at the right time and they became stars.
Some of them have become successful, some already dropped their plan to make big in Bollywood while some are still struggling. So, why not put some lights and know who are in this list.
Daughter of producer Mahesh Bhatt and actor Soni Razdan, Alia Bhatt was an overweight adult. She was launched by Karan Johar in the film, ‘Student Of The Year’, along with Sidharth Malhotra and Varun Dhawan. While she has managed to make a mark with her acting skills, the fact still exists that she was given a chance to debut with a huge banner film because of nepotism. Alia Bhatt is perhaps one of the actors who has proven her mettle by doing a wide niche of films like ‘Udta Punjab’, ‘Highway’, and ‘Dear Zindagi’. The young girl sure makes us thankful for once for the nepotism that runs high and dry through the land of Bollywood.
He is the son of famous producer David Dhawan and was launched in Bollywood through Karan Johar’s ‘Student Of The Year’. He has managed to prove his acting capabilities and is a huge star with quite a female fan following. A few of his films have done well, but he is still a product of nepotism, and this fact cannot be denied by anyone. But he has managed to assert his charm when it comes to his screen presence emerging as one of the luckier products of nepotism in Bollywood.
Daughter of Anil Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor too was an overweight adult. When she lost weight, she was offered Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Saawariya’ alongside another debutant, Ranbir Kapoor. The film tanked miserably at the box office, but that didn’t stop Sonam Kapoor from getting lead roles in various films. Almost all her films have failed to make their mark at the box office. The only impression she manages is with the sartorial choices that have labeled her as the fashionista in Bollywood. Even at the risk of sounding sexist, we believe that Sonam should rather stick to style than to the stage.
When he stepped into the industry with a grand debut like Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai, both the audience and critics knew he was going to go a long way. And just as predicted, Hrithik Roshan who was born to filmmaker Rakesh Roshan is now one of the A-list actors in Bollywood. His successful career boasts of the finest films where he won six Filmfare Awards and many other laurels. The dashing star is cited in the media as one of the most attractive male celebrities in India who not only impresses the audience with his acting skills but dance moves as well.
Son of famous film producer, Boney Kapoor, Arjun Kapoor was an overweight adult when he was first spotted by YRF. He went on to lose all his weight and become incredibly fit before he started shooting his debut film, ‘Ishaqzaade’. While this film did well and was praised by fans and critics alike, his subsequent films did not do so well. But, he is still seen as the face of many films and his filmography boasts of having worked with some of the biggest names in the film industry, all thanks to nepotism.
Farhan Akhtar is undoubtedly one of the most popular and sought after actors in Bollywood right now. But not many know that even his father, Javed Akhtar, is a huge figure in the Bollywood film industry. Unlike his son, Javed Akhtar is not an actor. Instead, he is a renowned poet, lyricist, screenwriter, and Indian political activist. Fans of Farhan Akhtar already know that the actor is also a fantastic singer, and much of his singing and songwriting talents come to him from his father. Even when he started out on his own, we cannot overlook the privileges that Farhan has been entitled to as one of those star kids in town.
Athiya made her debut with Hero but miserably failed despite all the support from her father Suneil Shetty and Salman Khan. Friends and family are still at her service to rescue her, and with little talent, if she does more movies, the credit will go to her family.
The heartthrob of the nation and ladies charmer, Ranbir Kapoor is a plethora of talent who hails from the first family of cinema, and the great-grandson of Prithviraj Kapoor. Ranbir swept his way into Bollywood films in spite of the disastrous debut film Saawariya. He has delivered hits and flops in equal measure but that does not take anything away from his fine acting skills and his versatility in adapting to each of his character portrayals. Today, he has become one of the highest-paid actors and the nation’s most popular celebrities in India.
Sara Ali Khan
Saif Ali Khan and Amrita Singh’s daughter, Sara Ali Khan made a smashing debut, with not one but two films that were both a success at the box office. The actress got her first taste of success with the romantic drama ‘Kedarnath’. She was back for round two with her movie ‘Simmba’, co-starring Ranveer Singh. Of course, it’s too early to say anything about her credibility as a performer yet, but the fact that the Bollywood royalty already has our fancy sure holds her in good stead than many of her contemporaries!
The perfectionist of Bollywood, Aamir Khan might be one of the lesser-known products of nepotism in Bollywood but he sure is one. Son of film producer Tahir Hussain, Khan’s versatility and commendability when it comes to acting is second to none. If only all star kids were at least somewhat as good as him there wouldn’t have been anyone dissing about this whole nepotism saga overruling the many facets of Bollywood.
People have all the good things in the world to say about Tiger Shroff. Right from his mind-blowing dance moves to his popular innocent nature, Tiger Shroff is just the ideal guy you can take home to your parents. But, that hasn’t helped his career. From Heropanti to Baaghi, we haven’t seen his acting skills come out in the open and the boy, unfortunately, doesn’t show signs of acting chops. His stability in the industry is all because he’s Jacky Shroff’s son and people look up to his father in reverence. We really hope Tiger blissfully surprises us with his upcoming projects and shows some real acting skills.
Daughter of Shatrughan Sinha and Poonam Sinha, Sonakshi Sinha made her debut opposite Salman Khan in the hit film franchise, ‘Dabangg’. While that film did huge business because of the presence of Salman Khan, Sonakshi’s career was boosted because of that. But, just like with other star kids, she has failed to leave an impression in Bollywood. Her films have tanked at the box office and only a few of her films like series have managed to shine.
Son of producer-screenwriter Salim Khan, Salman Khan is also a product of nepotism. He didn’t have the hero type physique when he debuted in tinsel town. Decades later, he has the body to deliver punches and kicks but still without the acting skill that would have made him the complete performer.
Abhishek is unfortunately fortunate to be Amitabh Bachchan’s son. He stunned everyone with Guru where he sort of shrugged away the burden of being Big B’s son. His mother who is also an exceptionally talented actress is another gem in the house. Abhishek Bachchan has survived countless flops and countable hits due to his legacy. Maybe if we remove the pressure of being a megastar’s son, we’ll get out Guru back.
Mahesh Bhatt is his uncle and Emraan Hashmi was one of the few actors who came out and agreed to the fact that nepotism does exist in Bollywood but he still is a better actor than most other in Bollywood who owe their film journey to their lineage. His initial films earned him the tag of a ‘serial kisser’ and till today, he hasn’t shied away from that image.
Shraddha Kapoor is one of those classic star kids who has the yoke of her father Shakti Kapoor’s legacy, and aunt Padmini Kolhapure’s acting talent. Both of them have been celebrated during their times. Shraddha, however, hasn’t been able to leave the impact of her craft over the audience when it comes to skills. Her films have tasted quite some commercial success with the sweeping love saga Aashiqui 2 and her dance performance in ABCD2 has been commendable. She might be lucky to have 100 Cr movies on her CV, but the girl has survived in the industry due to the goodwill of her parents and family members.
The son of experienced actor Pankaj Kapoor and Neelima Azeem, Shahid is not just an excellent performer but a desirable celebrity among the audience. Men want to copy his groovy dance moves while women can’t stop swooning over the lad. The young, dashing hero was first seen in many music videos and a junior artist dancer. But, when he made an appearance in the lead role for his super hit debut romantic comedy ‘Ishq Vishq’, post then was no turning back for him. He has evolved and grown as an actor to be one of the worthiest products of nepotism in Bollywood.
Late Sridevi and producer Boney Kapoor’s daughter, Janhvi Kapoor is one Bollywood debutant who hit the ground running. After a successful start with the romantic drama ‘Dhadak’ earning an impressive Rs 72.39 crore net, the actress found herself on a film signing spree. Just a film old in the industry, it would be inappropriate to laud the young actor as a success or brush her off as being a failure, but in her limited screen presence, she had been okayish though not very convincing.
The son of leading producer Yash Chopra, it was assumed that it would be easy for someone like Uday to make it big on-screen. But turns out, he couldn’t make us believe us in his acting chops post his back-to-back flops like Neal n Nikki, Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai, etc. Though he managed to catch our attention in Mohabbatein, he failed to prove his prowess any further.
If I had to give an award for the worst actor in this world, I would have given it to Tushar Kapoor. He has given us nothing but flops over the years and he still doesn’t seem to stop. All that, because he was the son of Jitendra and his sister, was Ekta Kapoor. He does have the backing of a big production banner in Balaji Motion Picture but influence ceases to speak when there isn’t much talent to back that up.
Aamir Khan’s nephew Imran Khan had a more popular debut than Ranbir Kapoor around the same time. His innocent chocolate boy face was a rage among young women. But after Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na, his career graph dipped, never to go up. Despite mamu Aamir’s efforts in Delhi Belly, this star’s career couldn’t bloom. Thanks to friends in the fraternity he did manage to do two films with Dharma, both of which bombed despite a lot of buzz.
Saif Ali Khan
Son of actress Sharmila Tagore and late cricketer Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, Saif Ali Khan made his debut in Bollywood through the Yash Chopra film ‘Paramapara’. His outstanding performance in films like ‘Parineeta’ and ‘Salam Namaste’ established him as one of the leading names in Bollywood. The national award-winning actor, who is a master of emotional acting, has proved his mettle in a plethora of genres in Indian cinema.
Ananya Panday, who is Chunky Panday’s daughter was launched by Karan Johar in Dharma Production’s, SOTY 2. Besides the movie being a big flop, Ananya’s video clip on ‘nepotism’ in the film industry and discussing her father’s ‘struggle’ led to a lot of funny comments.