Millennium Post (Kolkata)

Emraan is ‘dumbfounde­d’ by Kangana’s nepotism claims

He praised her and revisited the time they worked together in ‘Gangster’


Emraan Hashmi recently spoke about the nepotism debate in Bollywood and even commented on the negativity towards the industry after COVID-19. During the promotion of his latest web show, ‘Showtime', Emraan shared his views on Kangana Ranaut's claims of nepotism in Bollywood. During an interview with a leading media house, Emraan praised Kangana and revisited the time they worked together in ‘Gangster'.

During the conversati­on, when Emraan was asked about the perception of the industry after the pandemic, he said, “There was a lot of negativity towards the industry after COVID and even after the Sushant Singh Rajput episode and the ‘boycott Bollywood' trend for that matter. There was a resentment, where the entertainm­ent industry was focused singularly.”

Keeping his views over the Kangana Ranaut-started debate on nepotism in Bollywood, Emraan said, “I like Kangana a lot personally, as an artist and a person. Maybe she might have had some bad experience­s in the film industry. My experience with Kangana was such that I had given a hit that time, but still in ‘Gangster' I took the villain's role, where she was given center stage. It was almost like a female-centric film. So,

I don't know when this perception about the industry started and people started saying that we all are drug addicts or the industry only works through nepotism. I think it's dumbfoundi­ng and not true.”

It was in 2016, when Ranaut called director-producer Karan Johar the ‘flagbearer of nepotism' and ‘movie mafia' and accused him of giving her a tough time profession­ally, during one of the episodes of ‘Koffee With


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