The untimely demise of young and talented star Sushant Singh Rajput has once again kicked off the age-old nepotism and favouritism debate in Bollywood.
Several members of the film industry, as well as disgruntled fans, have since taken it upon themselves to shun the stars who have hitherto come from privilege or "Bollywood lineage". The likes of Karan Johar, Alia Bhatt, Sonam Kapoor among others have been at the receiving end of the online outrage ever since reports of Singh being let down by many peers in Bollywood surfaced on the Internet.
Now, the nawab of Bollywood Saif Ali Khan has added his two cents on the nepotism debate.
"There is inequality in India that needs to be explored. Nepotism, favoritism and camps are different subjects. Even I have been a victim of nepotism but nobody speaks of that. I’m happy to see more people from film institutes come to the forefront," Saif, son of late cricketer Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi and veteran actress Sharmila Tagore, was quoted as saying by The New Indian Express.
Saif also talked about his experience of working with the late Sushant Singh Rajput in Dil Bechara but the Internet latched onto his admission that he has been a victim of nepotism and couldn't wrap their heads around it.
Twitter users expressed their amusement through memes.
It's true that Saif Ali Khan has been a victim of nepotism, not easy to accept national award for a silly film like Hum-Tum just because your mother is jury member that year.— EngiNerd. (@mainbhiengineer) July 2, 2020
saif ali khan ananya pandey struggled due to nepotism— yashashvi ✪ (@Bucky_Plums) July 2, 2020
Saif Ali Khan has actually been a victim of nepotism !!Anyone who denies the fact is too ignorant about the behaviours & trends strangling Bollywood !! pic.twitter.com/TyYP5fNpEt— I Love You SirJi (@ILoveYouSirJi) July 2, 2020
If Saif Ali Khan is a victim of Nepotism, then Rohit Sharma is definitely a victim of his infinite talent!— Zen Master (@Wee_shal) July 2, 2020
Back in 2017, Khan had said that he was against the term (nepotism) and felt it led to mediocrity.
"I am very against nepotism and I think it leads to a lot of mediocrity. But, I still don't understand whether star children fell under nepotism or whether the talent is somewhere the key.
"But, definitely being a star kid gets you in the door easily. Then again it depends when people will put their money on you, then you must get it back. The bottom line is -- talent is good, nepotism is bad," added the actor.