The tragic demise of Sushant Singh Rajput has again sparked off the nepotism debate in the country. People have vociferously trolled the likes of Karan Johar, Alia Bhatt and Sonam Kapoor on social media. They have slammed them left, right and centre. Actor Karan Patel was recently asked about the nepotism debate by ETimes. He has done a couple of films like City Of Gold and Shootout At Wadala. Karan Patel told the paper, “When a person dies like this, there are people who are nowhere related to him but they jump into it and start creating stories. There are a lot of people. For eg, after whatever happened with Sushant, there were a few people who started talking about nepotism. And just see who has not tried to milk the situation. From Abhinav Kashyap to any other small time actor, everyone has jumped into it. And I see no reason for people to rant about nepotism. For example an actress these days is talking about nepotism. If I am not wrong she came up with her own production house some time back so why didn’t she cast Sushant in her film if she’s such a big star. She first cast Sonu Sood and then later someone else, so she forgot about Sonu Sood. I have never seen her working with a new director or an actor. Before signing a film, I am sure even she must be asking which banner it is, or who the producer is, or which studio is backing it. So, when even you are running behind big studios then why are you blowing nepotism’s trumpet. If you are that big hearted and you have your own production house please go and pick a newcomer, a new director and work with him in his film as the heroine then we will talk and listen to you.”
Taking a further dig at Kangana Ranaut, Patel told ETimes, “You have your own production house and your family members, your sister is taking care of your business, why didn’t you hire new people, an outsider and announce job interviews. Why didn’t you hire someone who had an MBA degree to look after your production house. I am not saying what she did was wrong (by hiring her family). Today, if my father announces a business obviously he will ask me to look after it. Nepotism is everywhere and it has been going on since ages. I will be shocked if there is no nepotism. It is simple, a person works hard, he earns everything and once he is gone, obviously everything will go to his kids, and not to the neighbours. We need to think then why are we working so hard.”
Well, late Sushant Singh Rajput had never called out his peers or anyone on the basis of nepotism. He said that both could co-exist but it was problematic if the right kind of talent was deliberately cut off by some way or the other. Do you feel that Karan Patel is right in his opinion?