How do we go far in life actually? Is it pure talent? Or is it something in our genes (nepotism) or something we cultivate over the years, like passion and hard work? Kangana Ranaut has a point of view here.
The Revolver Rani is back in the Rani Laxmi Bai avatar. But that's nothing new. Kangana has this habit of staying in the news for all the right reasons. Yes, right reasons - you read it right. Very few people has got that knack.
So when Kangana said she would have ended up a farmer, everyone was surprised. But there's a valid reason why she said so. She was reacting to the recent 'Nepotism Rocks' chants at the IIFA Awards and an open letter written by Saif Ali Khan.
Let us say - Kangana is the perfect example of how people from small towns make it to the Bollywood, without actually having a godfather. And Saif Bhai is a perfect example of how people make it in Bollywood with a father figure - yes, Saif bhai has won a National Award and Padma Shri. Remember Langda Tyagi?
Nepotism or no nepotism, it's the talent that matters in the end.
Scroll down to find out what's the controversy, why Kangana said she would have ended up as a farmer and that how we have superstars from both the nepotism and non-nepotism category.
At a skit performed by Saif, Varun and Karan at IIFA 2017, the trio targeted Kangana with 'Nepotism Rocks' chants, followed by an Open Letter written by Saif which kind of justified Nepotism. This did not go down well with Kangana and she wrote her own open letter, justifying hard work and talent over genes! But I personally think that talent is irrespective of Nepotism.
Look at these immensely successful actors from both the categories.
Amitabh Bachchan - Line yahin se shuru hoti hai.
If you are thinking that Amitabh Bachchan's father was a literary legend, and that he might have got support, you are wrong! He had no godfather in the film industry, and he purely made on his own.
What do I say about Shah Rukh Khan? You probably already know more about him than me. The only thing I would say that he had come from nowhere and now, is just everywhere.
Kangana is from a small town in Himachal Pradesh, and she has made it all on her own. Initially, her dad did not support her, but after her success her dad accepted her career-choice. Today she's working mostly in women-oriented movies and her statements make as much impact as her movies.
Askhar Kumar is known to be giving hits after hits, and enjoys the highest success ratio. It's well known that Akshay initially worked as Chef and Waiter in Thailand, before becoming the superstar in Bollywood.
Priyanka Chopra has done more than others, beyond and above than just making it on her own. She is all set to rule Hollywood, at least now it seems so. And that without any genetic connection!
And that's purely for his unique acting skills and dialogue delivery. Today, Irfan bhai is doing international projects - anyways, have you watched Hindi Medium lately? And the Lunch Box? If you haven't, you have missed the gems.
Gangs of Wasseypur - that's where Nawaz bhai proved what stuff he is made up of. Initially Nawaz bhai worked as a watchman, but that was a part of his struggle. Talent can do anything - like turning you from a watchmen to Bollywood star.
Do I need to write anything about Aamir Khan? He's beyond words! Aamir Khan is the great grandson of Abul Kalam Azad and relative of Mansoor Khan and Nasir Hussain, both popular directors in India. He's son of Tahir Khan, a popular producer and director.
Sallu bhai has given enough hits. He's the son of Salim Khan, the famous writer of Bollywood.
Saif Ali Khan has a national award and he's a Padma Shree. Does he need to prove more?
That's how things turn, but every father is proud of the fact that people now people know them in their son's name. Rishi Kapoor's character roles are now winning hearts and he's just getting better by the day. Raj Kapoor would have been a proud father.
This Highway girl is the daughter of Mahesh Bhatt, one of the most talented directors of film industry. But nobody gets talent in genes. It's developed over the time and she has just proved that, with a series of hits.
Grandson of Raj Kapoor, son of Rishi Kapoor - but known by his own name. You get my point?
Both movies won her acclaim. She's the daughter of Randhir Kapoor and Babita, both Bollywood actors of their time.
The conclusion is that, even if you are from a star family, you have to eventually work hard and put in efforts to make your niche in Bollywood. Just like non-star kids. Being a star-kid, all you will get is a launch film, and few more if you are lucky.
Nobody. Talent has the last laugh.
And why would Kangana have ended as a farmer? According to her, if genes had a role to play, she would have ended as a farmer, because that's what her forefathers were doing!
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