‘I’M AN AC­TOR BE­CAUSE OF NEPOTISM’

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - ENTERTAINMENT - Rishabh Suri

Ac­tor Em­raan Hashmi (left) clearly doesn’t be­lieve in minc­ing words, and more so when speak­ing about an on­go­ing con­tro­versy. And this time, it’s with re­gard to the nepotism de­bate that has rocked the film in­dus­try. The in­fa­mous chant ‘nepotism rocks!’ at a re­cent film awards cer­e­mony only added fuel to the fire.

Em­raan un­apolo­get­i­cally says that it was his “in­side con­nec­tion” that landed him his first film, Foot­path (2003). “Yes, nepotism ex­ists in our in­dus­try, and I got a break be­cause of it. If my un­cle [Ma­hesh Bhatt], who is a pro­ducer and di­rec­tor hadn’t been there, I wouldn’t have been an ac­tor,” he says.

How­ever, Em­raan in­sists that ini­tially he didn’t want to take up act­ing as a ca­reer op­tion. “My case was dif­fer­ent. There was no dy­ing need for me to be­come an ac­tor or be a part of this in­dus­try. My col­lege had just got done and I stepped into films,” he adds.

The ac­tor feels that peo­ple will def­i­nitely have bi­ased views about their own fam­ily. “I wouldn’t push my seven-year-old son, Ayaan, into Bol­ly­wood. But to­mor­row, if he wants to be­come an ac­tor, it won’t be dif­fi­cult for him, as his fa­ther is an ac­tor and pro­ducer,” he adds.

How­ever, Em­raan feels that the easy start could later pose a risk to his son’s ca­reer. “The in­dus­try will try to box my son into an im­age that his fa­ther had and snatch away his in­di­vid­u­al­ity. They won’t let him start afresh, like an out­sider,” he says.

Em­raan will next be seen in the up­com­ing film Baad­shaho.

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