Sushant Singh Rajput’s sudden demise has opened discussions around nepotism, favouritism and even bullying in Bollywood.
The actor died by suicide on the morning of June 14 the age of 34. After his death, several people from the industry came forward and spoke about their own experiences of nepotism and bullying in Bollywood.
Saif Ali Khan, during a recent webinar, said that there are many levels to nepotism, be it favouritism or campism and it is something that even he has been a victim of.
“Nepotism in its purest form is something that even I have been a victim of. But nobody’s interested in 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.”
Talking about how happy he is to see people from various institutes of acting come up and become household names, Saif said, “More than ever I am really happy to see so many kids from institutes coming to the foreground. People like Nawazuddin and Pankaj Tripathi, I have seen them become household names.”
Here’s how Twitter reacted:
— CAPTAIN JACK SPARROW (@Sajed4SRK) July 2, 2020
#SaifAliKhan :- मैं nepotism का शिकार हुआ हूँ।
Le Karan Johar: pic.twitter.com/2LvOzQ0Nd0
— Bhatakta Tweet™ (@BhataktaTweet) July 2, 2020
— पूजा (@KapilianPooja) July 2, 2020
Saif Ali Khan: I had been a victim of Nepotism.
Meanwhile Nepotism itself: pic.twitter.com/BvgocLy3M5
— TheSheGirl? (@1pluvio) July 2, 2020
On Sushant Singh Rajput speaking about nepotism earlier, Saif said, “He should probably not be dragged into this but I’ve heard Sushant say that yes, nepotism exists and there are a lot of people who have made it through their own. And I think that it is a struggle that’ll be ongoing but as long as people continue to get a fair chance, that seems to be the way of the world.”