The word nepotism had sparked a roaring debate in Bollywood two years ago. Actor Alia Bhatt, who is from a family of film actors, directors and producers, recently shared her views on the subject.
Alia, daughter of film director Mahesh Bhatt who bagged Dharma Production’s Student of the Year as her debut film, too has faced questions nepotism and she spoke about it during a candid chat.
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“Of late, I have realised that there is no need to defend the nepotistic nature of the industry because it does exist. The reason why it has become an emotional debate is that it is difficult for those who don’t get a chance. If I was on the other side, I would be heartbroken. I may have felt the same way,” she said during an interaction with The Times of India.
Citing examples, she said, “Yes, it does exist everywhere, but this is the only business where there’s no fixed funda. You need to be at the right place at the right time. For instance, if you want to be a doctor, you study, give your examination and get a job. In the film business, you can do whatever you want, but there has to be that X-factor that people talk about. There are so many people who come from nowhere and make it big purely on the basis of their presence and what they bring to the screen.”
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On the work front, Alia is currently in Bulgaria working on Ayan Mukherji’s Brahmastra alongside Ranbir Kapoor and Amitabh Bachchan. Apart from Brahmastra, she has Zoya Akhtar’s Gully Boy with Ranveer Singh.