Recently, Kangana Ranaut called filmmaker Karan Johar the “flag bearer of nepotism” on his talk show, leading to a verbal spat between the director and the actress all over social media and also through their respective interviews and media interactions. However, an outsider in the industry, Anushka Sharma, who made her acting debut in 2008 with Aditya Chopra’s ‘Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi’, opines differently.
Anushka admits that instead of taking industry kids for their films, film makers do choose outsiders to become part of their film. She was quoted saying,
“They did have an option to take any industry kid at that time but Aditya Chopra put faith in me. I can talk about my experience and I’ve never faced nepotism in any way. Whether this happens or not, everybody has their own experiences. Maybe it happens but I can never say this about Aditya. He has launched all the outsiders. Me, Ranveer Singh, Parineeti Chopra. Except for Arjun (Kapoor), all the Yash Raj talent are outsiders.”
During her media interaction on Wednesday evening with the cast of ‘Phillauri’, Anushka was asked if she ever felt victimized by nepotism in the industry to which Anushka’s prompt reply was,
“First of all, every actor has her own journey in Bollywood. Moreover, if you are good at your work, people will show interest to collaborate with you, irrespective of your background.”
The “Phillauri” actress added,
“I have huge respect for Aditya Chopra who launched me. Ranveer Singh, Parineeti Chopra and all of us were not from the film industry! So being an outsider, I never faced nepotism.”
The ‘PK’ actress is gearing up for her second film as producer, “Phillauri”, in which she will also be seen as a friendly ghost with unfinished business. The film releases on March 24 2017 under her home production Clean Slate Films. The film also stars Diljit Dosanjh, ‘Life of Pi’ actor Suraj Sharma and Mehreen Pirzada.
On the other hand, Swara Bhaskar, who has worked with Kangana Ranaut in Tanu Weds Manu and also in the sequel of the film opened up about the nepotism remark row and said that people in the industry have freedom to cast whoever they want and that Karan Johar should not be judged. She was quoted saying,
“Bollywood as an industry is based on relationships, it has always been star-driven and it has an element of feudalism. So, it would be difficult for an outsider but my experience of Bollywood is not nepotistic at all.”
Reacting to Kangana Ranaut calling Karan Johar intolerant, Swara Bhaskar said,
“I think people, who have been most warm and nice are people like Karan Johar, Sonam Kapoor, and even Aditya Chopra. He has always been very responsive and helpful.”
In an interview with a news agency, Swara was quoted saying,
“Since the whole nepotism debate is going on, I just want to say that Karan has been a revelation to me. He is an industry elite but he has been a wonderful surprise. He launched our film’s poster despite me not knowing him personally.”
Swara Bhaskar who is awaiting the release of her upcoming film Anaarkali of Aarah also on 24th March 2017 is currently busy with the promotions for her film. Adding more about the nepotism controversy, the actress shared,
“People should have the freedom to cast whoever they want to cast. If filmmaker Avinash Das wants to cast me, then he should not have the pressure to cast Alia Bhatt or Shraddha Kapoor. Similarly, if Karan Johar wants to cast Alia or Shraddha, he should have the freedom to do that. He should not be judged for that. Sometimes that much openness is needed.”
Well, let’s see what Kangana has to say about this!