2020 is by far not the best year, especially for Bollywood celebrities. The entire fraternity suffers from the back to back demise among actors. Everybody’s favorite Chintu Ji, the versatile actor Irrfan Khan and the heartthrob of the millennials, Sushant Singh Rajput. Many people question nepotism in Bollywood. But there are also many actors who made it big with their career in Bollywood. But is nepotism at workplace in Bollywood really to be blamed?
If we have to talk about our adorable Chintuji, Rishi Kapoor belongs to a family that pioneered the Indian cinema. It is needless to say that he also had his own set of struggles to make it in the industry. His roles during the ’80s and ’90s were not considered as much as that of India’s angry young man, Amitabh Bacchan. But Kapoor made his way through with multi starrers and musical hits introducing the Chocolate boy culture in. It is also safe to say that Ranbir, initially, was living up to this name too.
What Is Nepotism?
Using parents’ and relatives’ influence to get a job or have power in any industry or sphere of life is considered as Nepotism. An example of nepotism is seen almost everywhere. From Ivanka Trump in the American parliament to the Ambanis’ sons taking office in their companies, nepotism is really everywhere. After all, every parent wants their child to take forward their legacy and give them a better life than theirs.
But it is arguable that business, politics, and cinema, cannot be run through just nepotism. At the end of the day, politics seeks leaders who take care and bring a difference, businesses seek leaders bringing in development and profits to the companies and Bollywood audiences want good talent and storylines to enjoy good cinematic art. The discussions among Bollywood celebrities these days tell some other story altogether.
Top 8 Self-made Bollywood Celebrities
Amid all this, we want to call the shots on truly talented self-made actors who are outsiders of Bollywood. Here is the list of stars who did great in their career without having a relative in the industry.
Sushant Singh Rajput
He started his career with television series under Balaji Telefilms. His most famous role was the five-year-old Pavitra Rishta, with his ex-beau Ankita Lokhande. From there he entered Bollywood with ‘Kai Po Che’. He is well known for his stunning performances in MS Dhoni the Untold Story, Raabta, Kedarnath, and Chicchore. Sadly, his career was short-lived as the actor reportedly committed suicide in June 2020. The entire industry has then been fuming about the nepotism in Bollywood. He was not just a good actor, but also a kind soul who was very friendly and caring human being.
Shah Rukh Khan
Yes, we had to start with our very own Bollywood ka Badshah. He is a Delhi boy who started off his career with television starring in Doordarshan’s Fauji and later on debuted in Bollywood with ‘Deewana’. He was launched by veteran actor Hema Malini and since then, he has worked with almost all the prominent directors and producers of Bollywood. This king of all hearts did many roles from Baazigar to K3G to Devdas to KANK and many more. He is now a proud co-owner of Red Chillies Entertainment along with his wife, Gauri Khan.
And when we talk about the stars who made it on their own, we cannot miss talking about this savage queen who initially burned up the topic of nepotism in Bollywood. This beauty with curly hair and dark eyes is popular for her work in Gangster, Raaz 2, Tanu Weds Manu series, Queen and Manikarnika. She is now a producer herself and is known for voicing out her opinions openly with no fear. She has been in controversies related to Hrithik Roshan, and of late, Sushant Singh Rajput.
Bollywood’s perfectionist is also a non-nepotism result in the industry. He began his career on screen as a child actor in Yaadon Ki Baaraat. Later on, he moved on the work behind the camera for many films before debuting in Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak in 1989. Some of Aamir’s well-known and splendid pieces of cinema like Lagaan, Fanaa, Taare Zameen Par, Dangal, and PK. He is one of the 4 Khan’s ruling the industry in the 100+ crore club.
This bubbly girl who stole many hearts, including Virat Kohli’s, is an army kid from Bangalore. She debuted with Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi alongside Shah Rukh, which is undoubtedly the best debut you could ask for. Apart from her, it was Deepika Padukone who had this lucky chance. Anushka has done some amazing characters in movies like Band Baaja Baaraat, Jab Tak Hai Jaan, PK, Zero, and Ae Dil Hai Mushkil.
A trained martial artist, Akshay Kumar is a Delhiite who is passionate about martial arts since childhood. Once he achieved his desired certifications in the same, he entered the modeling world. This opened gates for his Bollywood debut ‘Deedar’. He eventually married Twinkle Khanna and started a production house with her. He is referred to as the Khiladi of Bollywood. Some of his famous movies are Andaaz, Dhadkan, Aitraaz, Singh Is King, Bhool Bhulaiya, and Welcome. He is also popular for his Indian-oriented movies like Padman, Toilet, Airlift, Baby, and Kesari. He is the epitome of comedy and action among all Bollywood celebrities.
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