‘Nepotism’ debate has really grabbed the headlines now and it seems it is not going to end so soon. In fact, Kangana Ranaut would not let this topic to end. She is the one because of whom the word ‘nepotism’ came into limelight.
Recently Saif wrote an open letter in a leading daily apologising Kangana Ranaut for mocking her at the IIFA 207 that was held in New York. Now, the Queen of Bollywood has replied back with an open letter. Check out a few excerpts from her letter.
â€œThis morning, I woke up to one such open letter (circulating online), written byÂ Saif Ali Khan.Â The last time I was deeply pained and upset about this issue was when Mr Karan Johar wrote a blog on it, and even once declared in an interview that there are many criteria for excelling in the film business. Talent is not one of themâ€¦My dear friend Saif has written a letter on this topic and I would like to share my perspective. My request is that people must not misconstrue this and pit us against each other.
This is just a healthy exchange of ideas and not a clash between individuals. Saif, in your letter you mentioned that, â€œI apologised to Kangana, and I don’t owe anyone any explanation, and this issue is over.â€ But this is not my issue alone. Nepotism is a practice where people tend to act upon temperamental human emotions, rather than intellectual tendenciesâ€¦Nepotism, on many levels, fails the test of objectivity and rationale. I have acquired these values from the ones who have found great success and discovered a higher truth, much before me. These values are in the public domain, and no one has a copyright on them.â€
â€œIn another part of your letter, you talked about the relationship between genetics and star kids, where you emphasised on nepotism being an investment on tried and tested genes. I have spent a significant part of my life studying genetics. But, I fail to understand how you can compare genetically hybrid racehorses to artistes!
Are you implying that artistic skills, hard-work, experience, concentration spans, enthusiasm, eagerness, discipline and love, can be inherited through family genes? If your point was true, I would be a farmer back home. I wonder which gene from my gene-pool gave me the keenness to observe my environment, and the dedication to interpret and pursue my interests.â€
â€œYou also spoke of eugenics â€” which means controlled breeding of the human race. So far, I believe that the human race hasn’t found the DNA that can pass on greatness and excellence. If it had, we would’ve loved to repeat the greatness of Einstein, Da Vinci, Shakespeare, Vivekananda, Stephen Hawking, Terence Tao, Daniel Day-Lewis, or Gerhard Richter.â€
â€œYou also said that the media is to be blamed since it is the real flag-bearer of nepotism. That makes it sound like a crime, which is far from the truth. Nepotism is merely a weakness of the human nature; it takes a great deal of will-power and strength to rise above our intrinsic nature â€” sometimes we excel, sometimes we don’t. No one is putting a gun to anyone’s head to hire talent they don’t believe in. So, there is no need to get defensive about one’s choices.â€
â€œYou are absolutely right â€” there is a lot of excitement and admiration for the lives of the rich and famous. But at the same time, our creative industry gets this love from our countrymen, because we are like a mirror to them â€” whether it’s Langda Tyagi from Omkara, or Rani from Queen, we are loved for the extraordinary portrayal of the ordinary.â€
â€œIn fact, the subtext of all my talk on this subject has been to encourage outsiders to take the path less travelled. Bullying, jealousy, nepotism and territorial human tendencies are all part of the entertainment industry, much like any other. If you don’t find acceptance in the mainstream, go off beat â€” there are so many ways of doing the same thing.â€
Well said Kangana! What do you think about Kangana’s letter? Do comment in the section below.