The tragic death of late actor Sushant Singh Rajput has started the nepotism debate yet again. And it's taking new turns every day with many in the industry coming forward and calling out those who value lineage over talent.
During an interview, Saif claimed that he, too, is the ‘victim of nepotism’. “There is inequality in India that needs to be explored. Nepotism, favouritism and camps are different subjects. Even I have been a victim of nepotism but nobody speaks of that. Businesses work like that. I am not going to take names but somebody's dad has rung up and said don't take him, take him in the movie. All that happens and it has happened to me,” said Saif.
And we thought that B-Town had stopped countering the nepotism talk with flimsy arguments. But no, the nawab himself made an argument for himself merely acknowledging his privilege. Oh and, of course, he definitely didn't earn any brownie points from starstruck fans of legendary Sharmila Tagore. We also need to remind him that his daughter Sara Ali Khan has been able to bag lead roles with big productions without showing any prior work.
The internet clearly didn't buy his claims of being affected by nepotism in the industry. Soon, Twitter turned his victimhood into memes and jokes. Many of them highlighted how Saif, son of actor Sharmila Tagore and cricket legend Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, has always been privileged and nothing else.
Later in the interview, he also spoke about doing a cameo in Sushant’s last film Dil Bechaara. Calling Sushant a ‘bright’ personality, Saif remembered him as a polite and talented actor.
Saif’s talent is definitely not in question here. His performances such as Langda Tyagi in Omakara among several others speak for themselves. But he surely needs to understand that this whole debate is actually about the problems revolving around privilege.