Actress Kangana Ranaut has lashed out with strong words at what she refers to as the Nepo Mafia of Bollywood, saying it has dismantled the ambitions of upcoming actors and struggling outsiders.
Kangana, who has consistently voiced her views on the untimely demise of actor Sushant Singh Rajput, has openly spoken about favouritism in the Hindi film industry towards the star kids.
Opening up on the subject, Kangana told IANS: “Well, for now, it has taken a life, many careers… it has just dismantled the very ambition of upcoming actors and struggling outsiders. It has caused a lot of damage. How to dismantle it? We need to talk about it. In many ways, it will prepare outsiders.”
She added: “Eventually, when a single human being – talented, extraordinary, genius – is suppressed to death and killed systematically for petty egos, for petty gains, the offenders don’t have a happily-ever-after. It’s not a world they are rewarded for,” she said.
Kangana feels a “collective consciousness” has woken up, and people are now questioning the star system that victimises outsiders.
The actress recalled that she was shocked the most when she read an obituary for Sushant by filmmaker Karan Johar, whom she called “intolerant” towards outsiders and has referred to a “flagbearer of nepotism” who only backed industry kids.
“I mean is he (Karan) planning to make another victim like that? I was shocked. So, they are preparing to continue with this ganging up on individuals, and he is pretty sure that he will face more people like that, and at that time he may reach out to that person,” she said.
Kangana recently spoke about the lobby culture prevalent in the Hindi film industry, after which various old videos of the actress talking about star children in the industry started doing the rounds on social media.
Kangana claims she predicted all of it: “So, people are digging up my old interviews. I had already predicted that this is what they will do. Even last time when I had raised my concern about the suppression of outsiders in 2016, the whole system attacked me.”
“But you notice here also that they are not letting A-listers get affected. The A-listers that the Nepo Mafia promotes are tucked away safely. They are only sending these people who have only and only to lose – these outsiders who are struggling, who are star-struck by the glamour and the power of the movie mafia.”
Kangana agrees that everyone wants to be “accepted”.
“I do not see it as a negative thing, but I can assure you they (Nepo Mafia) will never accept them (outsiders). They will only lose in this,” she said.
It was after the success of her film Queen in 2014 that Kangana started to feel people were ganging up against her.
“The major opposition I faced was when I became successful in 2014, and that’s when I started to see the ganging up of enormous proportion. These people are doing (sharing videos) exactly what I had predicted. (They) have exposed themselves and it’s nothing but heart-breaking,” she said.
Things are changing, though, according to Kangana. “You won’t go as far as destroying and ruining somebody just because you have a certain likeness for your child, son, sister, brother or friend. It was limited to that kind of nepotism until the talent agencies came in, and it all became about contracts. So, whoever has put money on you, they benefit hugely with these events in your life.” - IANS