Why is only Bol­ly­wood ac­cused of nepo­tism: Naseerud­din Shah

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The sub­ject of nepo­tism clearly won’t die out soon. This time, it’s ac­tor Naseerud­din Shah (left) who has shared his thoughts on the topic. He doesn’t agree that nepo­tism per­tains only to Bol­ly­wood. The 68-year-old ac­tor feels that any par­ent would sup­port their kids and that sin­gling out peo­ple from the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try is not jus­ti­fied.

“I don’t un­der­stand why only the film in­dus­try has been ac­cused of this,” he says. “Peo­ple in other in­dus­tries do it as well. You don’t see peo­ple cre­at­ing a major de­bate when busi­ness­men put their kids in charge of their busi­ness,” he says. “Or you don’t say any­thing to politi­cians who help their kids get into politics? I don’t think it’s fair to only talk about nepo­tism in the film in­dus­try, when its preva­lent in other places as well,” adds the ac­tor, whose sons Vi­van Shah and Imaad Shah are ac­tors. Vi­van starred in Shah Rukh Khan’s Happy New Year (2014) and Priyanka Cho­pra’s Saat Khoon Maaf (2011) while Imaad has starred in Dhobi Ghat (2011) and M Cream.

Nepo­tism de­bate was sparked by ac­tor Kan­gana Ra­naut in March, who ac­cused film­maker Karan Jo­har of work­ing with only “star kids”. Since then the film in­dus­try has been di­vided on the topic and many have slammed the in­dus­try for its bias to­wards ac­tors whose par­ents have a strong stand­ing in Bol­ly­wood.

“It’s a very nat­u­ral thing to do, right? I mean which par­ent wouldn’t want to help their own kid get a bet­ter way than they had in the in­dus­try? If one knows how things are in the in­dus­try, and your chil­dren want to be part of the same in­dus­try, it’s quite nat­u­ral that you would not want them re­peat the same mis­takes,” he says.

PHOTO: SATISH BATE/HT

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