Millennium Post (Kolkata)

Emraan is ‘dumbfounde­d’ by Kangana’s nepotism claims

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

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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

Karan'.

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