Yes, this subject has been a matter of dialogue multiple times in every tunnel. Bollywood, being the largest producer of movies in the world, is a kingdom where nepotism certainly rules. It has been there for an awfully long period and will continue to do so. The idea quickly unfolded to receive criticism when Kangana Ranaut, an entirely self-made b-town actress with no patronage to any big studio heritage, claimed movie director and producer Karan Johar as the ‘flag bearer of nepotism and movie mafia’ in his own English talk show Koffee with Karan. Johar, credited for nurturing many Bollywood cliches, has launched numerous star kids to next of kins from Alia Bhatt to Jhanvi Kapoor under his banner. Over time, the industry has developed a poor culture to lift off every star kid to amass quick gains and ready-made popularity.
Coming from an influential family associated with filmmaking for an extended period has plenty of perks. The most obvious being having direct access to elite producers and directors. Casting and auditions can be handily skipped by such lucky sons/daughters which comes to be a steep impediment for any greenhorn. Such entertainers also enjoy a kickstart to their career ensured with a heavy paycheck. Looking at the bright side, nepotism has its benefits too. The actors try tough to continue the family culture and fit into the competition leading to better turnovers. These actors also adapt and address quickly to the already massive fan-following generated by media houses and social media. Hrithik Roshan, son of Rakesh Roshan, has proved the same again and again with his wonderful dance skills and soothing performances and is now considered a bright gem of Indian cinema.
The same experiment on the other hand repeated several times has led to many questionable and foolish casting choices by directors. Suraj Pancholi, launched in the movie Hero and awarded the best debutant of 2015, was indeed a disaster. Another example can be Tiger Shroff, son of Jackie Shroff, but he does make it noteworthy with his dance skills.
Saving money inside the household is the most promising method to ensure the safety of future generations. A Doctor wants his kids to follow medicine, a businessman involves his kinship early in commerce. Likewise, any actor expects his children to follow his footsteps and continue his legacy. And that is what Bollywood is after. Part of what the scene has evolved to be, we as viewers are responsible too. Taimur Ali Khan, just a toddler, but needs no introduction is already popularised by paparazzi and print media. Social media is filled with his fan pages crowning him the freshest prince of Bollywood. With such a massive fan base at this early age, he might not risk digging his head elsewhere but into the movie industry.
To end it, a dominant lineage can lend you just the onset, but in the end, it’s your mastery that allows you to uphold your profession. Without which you are just a nobody, only to fade in this ever-changing world of movies.