Once in life, we all have faced the pressure, a pressure that we can’t explain, pressure that leaves us hopeless and broke is it because we want to succeed in life or cause the dirty politics at our work firms which tries to pull us down. At times we all know that in front of privileged we don’t stand a chance but we still fight, we fight till our bones hurt, our heartaches, and we loss hope. Many times our hard work, our talent is never counted in front of the privileged. Now think when we the common people in our daily life feel this feeble in our not so extraordinary life, what would be the conditions of the industries that are based on privileged people, be that glamour industry or the film Industry if you are an outsider and don’t have a godfather the industry will never welcome you with open arms. From Hollywood to Bollywood nepotism is like widespread cancer that never lets you survive. A few days back Bollywood lost another of its gem artiste in this spiral of nepotism and the pressure it brings alongside it.
Sushant Singh Rajput committed suicide on 14 June 2020 at his home in Mumbai. The 34 years old actor known for his tremendous acting talent who made his debut into Bollywood with the film Kai Po Che! Was found hanging from a ceiling fan in his room. According to the reports he was under clinical depression and finally found dying was easier then living with the pressure that pushed him to this point.
With his career going on a decent speed towards the height of success with movies like “M.S. Dhoni: untold Story”, “Drive” and “Chhichhore” and a steady work in the modelling world he still was under the pressure of not getting the recognition that he should have in the Bollywood industry. In an old interview with a TV Channel he himself said that no body invites him in their parties.
According to many sources Sushant was banned by many big producers like Dharma Production, Sajid Nadiadwala, Yash Raj Films, T-Series, Salaman Khan and many more which only left him to work for web series and TV serials only. After the loss of a great actor Sushant Singh Rajput we all clearly know the reality of our film industry and that the nepotism is alive in the roots of Bollywood. With the reignite of the debate on nepotism many Bollywood actors and filmmakers shared cryptic tweets about the raging war between outsiders and the star-kids in the industry. Shekhar Kapur, Gulshan Devaiah, Anubhav Sinha, among many other indirectly accused the ‘elite club of Bollywood’ for the cause of Sushant’s depression or for pushing him to the verge of suicide.
Anubhav Sinha tweeted, “The Bollywood Privileged must sit down and think hard tonight. PS—now don’t ask me to elaborate any further. ”
Shekhar Kapur tweeted, “I knew the pain you were going through. I knew the story of the people that let you down so hard that you would weep on my shoulder. I wish I was around the last 6 months. I wish you had reached out to me. What happened to you was their karma not yours.”
Kangana Ranaut blasts Bollywood with her raw emotions of anger in a 2 minutes video after the death of Sushant Singh Rajput, where she says that, “his death has left all of us devastated, but some are looking for a parallel narrative even here. That whoever has a weak mind, they slip into depression and kills themselves. A guy who has a scholarship from Stanford… he is a rank holder of his engineering entrance, how can his mind be weak?”
As she goes on by saying that, “If you look at his last few posts, he is clearly saying, begging people to watch his films, that I don’t have a Godfather, I will be thrown out of this industry. Even in his interviews, he says why doesn’t this industry make me its own I fell like a leftover.”
Just like Kangana, Sushant was also an outsider who made his name on the basis of his pure talent and hard work. While Kangana talks about his films “he didn’t get any acknowledgement for his work in his debut film, Kai Po Che, or MS Dhoni: The Untold Story, or Kedarnath, or Chhichhore. A bad film like Gully Boy gets all awards, Chhichhore is the best film by the best director, but his film hets no acknowledgement.” As an outsider Kangana feels and knows the pain of being not recognized or acknowledged, she says that they don’t want their films all the want is the recognition for their hard work.
According to Kangana Sushant only made one mistake, “Sushant’s mistake was that he believed in them. They told him that he was worthless, and he believed that. He didn’t remember what his mother told him. Those people want that they write history, and in it, they will write that Sushant was of a weak mind. They will not say the truth. So we need to decide who will write history. We will decide that.”
Further she didn’t hesitate in asking about Sushant’s death, “So, was it a suicide or a planned murder?”
This was just a sneak peek inside the dark and cold Bollywood film industry were if you are not a star-kid or you don’t have a Godfather you will not be able to survive in peace.
Hollywood is also not far away from this spiral of nepotism. The careers of many shows that family ties can help make it through the Hollywood whether you have talent or not. The names like Sofia Coppola and Jaden Smith are not far from the list of star kids who got through just cause of their family ties.
The film After Earth (2013) could possibly be the biggest example of nepotism in the history of Hollywood, which also became painfully evident for Jaden Smith’s lack of skills.
There are many examples of Hollywood celebs that have been making projects just for their relatives and helping them to achieve fame when it’s not even earned for.
Just like this there are rumours about the film “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” that Maya Hawke had personal connections that led to her casting in Quentin Tarantino’s film, which of course are totally denied by her.
Another such example is of Gwyneth Paltrow, who was born in a family that was well settled in the film industry. Although she has denied that she received much help for making her name in the film industry but guess what we are no-where near believing that.
With more examples of cases of nepotism we see Dakota Johnson the 3rd generations of a famous family in Hollywood industry, who decided to take the path to acting with her first role in “Crazy in Alabama” which was directed by Banderas and her mother had one of the main role in the movie. With decades of staying away from the business, Dakota landed with one of the lead role in the most awaited and anticipated film “Fifty Shades of Grey”, which as rumoured as a case of nepotism, cause there was a serious lack of passion between her and her co-star and it was all because of her lack of skills.
The list of such cases is long yet never admitted or revealed. It is true that nepotism is very much alive and deeply rooted in the Glamour industry, and the film industry is that Hollywood or Bollywood, only by the great loss or tragic incidents these issues or cases are ignited and soon they die down just like the old flames.
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