Mumbai: Bollywood actor Varun Dhawan, who triggered controversy with his remark “Nepotism rocks!” when the debate around it was at its height, has now a different opinion on it. The actor says that nepotism exists in showbiz and it’s not good.
“Nepotism exists. It’s a part of our industry. It’s not good. More people from outside the industry should be given a chance. And why not? My father came in that way,” Varun said.
Son of celebrated filmmaker David Dhawan, known for giving Bollywood some memorable ‘masala’ entertainers, Varun believes it is easy for people to make assumptions, but rarely do they know about the struggle his father went through.
“My dad was born in Agartala. When he lived in Bombay, he shared his house with four people. When I was born, my family lived in a 1BHK at Carter Road.
“My father’s first car was a taxi, a second-hand Ambassador that he painted into a normal car. His achievements are tremendous, (as are) the sacrifices he has made to put the family on the map. He’s my star, my hero, my superhero,” said the proud son.
Varun Dhawan has talked about nepotism in his previous interviews too and he was also a part of the infamous IIFA gig, in which he along with Karan Johar and Saif Ali Khan chanted “nepotism rocks” in unison. Varun later apologised for the gig, which was seen as an attack on actress Kangana Ranaut, who called KJo the “flag bearer of nepotism.”
After severe backlash, Varun Dhawan tweeted: “I express my apology and regret. I am extremely sorry if I have offended or hurt anyone with that act.”
Over a period of time, several Bollywood celebrities have addressed the subject of nepotism in the film industry. Star kids such as Alia Bhatt and Janhvi Kapoor have talked about how despite getting an easy start they have to prove themselves in the industry. On the other hand, actors from non-filmy families, such as Taapsee Pannu have spoken about how not being “so-and-so’s daughter”cost her films. Also, Priyanka Chopra said that she struggled less, as opposed to a complete outsider, when she entered Bollywood because she won the Miss World title. However, she too was thrown out films because other actors with connections were recommended.
Varun’s upcoming film Sui Dhaaga – Made In India, he features as an entrepreneurial tailor from a small town. Co-starring Anushka Sharma, the movie directed by Sharat Katariya is set to hit theaters on 28 September.