Sushant Singh Rajput’s death triggered a rage on social media against Bollywood. These past few months, there have been discussions over how the entertainment industry treats the ‘outsiders’, and it refuses to die down. While several actors have come forward and addressed the issue of nepotism, the latest one to express her opinion on being privileged is Kareena Kapoor Khan. The actress, who is often labelled as the ‘ultimate insider’ in Bollywood, said that she doesn’t think she got anything because of her privileged background.
In a recent interview, Bebo said that everyone has their fair share of struggles and she has had them too. “It might sound weird but probably my struggle is there. My struggle is there but it isn’t as interesting as somebody who comes with just Rs 10 in his pocket in a train. Yeah, it’s not been that and I can’t be apologetic about it”, she said.
Kareena, who has recently completed 20 years in the industry, said that it’s not possible to survive two decades in Bollywood just on the basis of nepotism. The actress feels that everyone is attacking people without understanding the larger picture. Kareena said, “21 years of working would not have happened with just nepotism. It is not possible. I can take a long list out of superstars’ children for whom it’s not been able to happen for them that way”.
Further, the Good Newwzactress said that she finds the whole ‘outsiders vs insiders’ debate weird because ultimately, it’s the audiences who actually make or break a star. “The audience has made us, no one else has made us. Same people pointing fingers are the ones who have made these nepotistic stars right? Aap jaa re ho na film dekhne? Mat jao (You’re going to watch our films, right? Don’t go). Nobody has forced you. So I don’t understand it”, Bebo said.
Talking about the ‘outsiders’ who made it big in the industry, the actress said, “The idea is that today so many of our biggest stars who you (the audience) have chosen whether it is Akshay Kumar or Shah Rukh Khan or Ayushmann Khurrana or Rajkummar Rao, they are all outsiders. They are successful actors because they have worked hard. We have also worked very hard. Whether it is Alia Bhatt or Kareena Kapoor, we have also worked hard. You are watching us and enjoying our films. So, it's the audience that makes or breaks us”, she added.
Well, the debate is no longer just about who gets preferential treatment, but what it costs others. Having said that, privilege in any field is a reality and Bollywood is no exception. But what matters is how the privileged are using their powers.