The heated debate about Nepotism, which was started about 2 months back, has still not cooled down. Almost every celebrity from the industry have come up with their opinions on the topic, while some supported it, on one hand, the others went against it.
Now, Suniel Shetty who himself is a self-made man with a career spanning over 25 years has opened up about nepotism. In a recent conversation with TOI, Suniel Shetty talked about the nepotism debate, his journey, and more.
Talking about the nepotism debate which is the most-talked-about topic these days, the actor said that this whole talk about nepotism hurts him. He feels nepotism is present in every field.
Quoting an example he explains that an industrialist’s son dreams of taking over the business after his father. Is that dream wrong? A kid sees all the love their parents received from their fans. Is it wrong for them to want the same for themselves? He said, “Is my son or daughter not allowed to dream of becoming an actor just because their father is an actor? Does that mean the dream of that child needs to be squashed?”
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Suniel Shetty also shared about his attempts at helping the newcomers in Bollywood. He said, “I run an online hunt for talent. There are two lakh seventy thousand kids on that platform for who I am trying to get work. I ask everybody to please give them an opportunity. If two of my kids are trying to get work, there are two lakh people for whom I am trying to get work.”
He finds it very unfair the only way industry is looked at like that and he agrees that groupism exists in Bollywood. He said, “but that is there everywhere. One has to learn to live with it. I believe it is not fair.”
Talking about his children Athiya and Ahan, he shared, “Even my kids – Athiya and Ahan got their breaks from somewhere else. It is not that I have forced them into it. It is because people have seen something in them that they have been given an opportunity.”
He further added that their struggle will continue if they don’t deliver and they might have that advantage of being a star kid in their first film but after that, it is the audience, the subject of their films, their co-actors who finally make or break their career.
Suniel started his career in 1989 and his first film was released in 1992 named ‘Aarzoo’.