‘I can open doors for my kids only once’

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Shreya Mukher­jee shreya.mukher­jee@htlive.com

The nepo­tism de­bate in Bol­ly­wood seems to be never end­ing. Af­ter ac­tors Varun Dhawan, Saif Ali Khan and film­maker Karan Jo­har apol­o­gis­ing for the ‘nepo­tism rocks’ chant at a re­cent awards show, ac­tor Madhoo (left), who has daugh­ters, Ameyaa, 16, and Keia, 14, is the lat­est celeb to join the de­bate. She says that hav­ing a fam­ily mem­ber in the in­dus­try al­ways helps, but suc­cess de­pends on tal­ent and des­tiny.

“It’s the same sup­port that a bhelpuri seller or a doc­tor will ex­tend to their kids, when they plan to pur­sue the same pro­fes­sion. As a mother and an ac­tor, if my chil­dren as­pire to be­come an ac­tor, I will help them. I’ll make them join the right classes and meet the right peo­ple. An out­sider will not have these ad­van­tages. But that’s not enough to make it big in the in­dus­try. I can call Mani (Rat­nam) sir [who di­rected Madhoo in Roja (1992)] and re­quest him to take a look at my daugh­ter, and con­sider her as an ac­tor. But af­ter that it’s her tal­ent and des­tiny that will take her for­ward. I can open doors for them once, but not al­ways,” says Madhoo adding that Ameyaa is keen on act­ing. “I tell her, to ‘Fin­ish your grad­u­a­tion first.’ Ed­u­ca­tion is very im­por­tant; once that’s done, she can do what­ever she wants to.”

MADHOO SAYS THAT AN OUT­SIDER WILL HAVE SOME DIS­AD­VAN­TAGES AS COM­PARED TO A STAR KID

PHOTO: FOTOCORP

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