In her first interview on the death of Sushant Singh Rajput, Kangana Ranaut was at her fiery best. She did not back down from making several controversial comments in her interview with Arnab Goswami. In labeling the late actor’s death as ‘murder,’ the Queen star did not smear her speech, accusing major producers, while hitting the ‘film empire’ for ‘systematically sabotaging’ the career of the M.S.Dhoni actor.
She hit out at the Hindi film industry’s nepotistic practices and claimed that “powerful people” would likely use her views to defame her. Kangana exclaimed that she has little to gain from the interview as the ‘flag bearers of nepotism’ would ensure that her views are questioned by ‘needy outsiders’ like Taapsee Pannu and Swara Bhaskar. She labeled them “nepotism evidence” claiming that they too were treated unjustly despite their talents.
Kangana Ranaut has always been someone who is not afraid to put their opinion out in the open and to tell everyone how it is. This interview of hers with Arnab Goswami was no less. Kangana expressed the current situation of Bollywood and the presence of nepotism in the industry and how it played a crucial role in the death of the late actor, Sushant Singh Rajput. She was not afraid to call people of the industry out on their wrongdoings.
Sushant Singh Rajput’s Demise
The ‘Kai Po Che!’ actor was found dead on the 14th of June, 2020. Suicide was the cause of death and he was found hanging in his apartment. The late actor’s death came as a huge shock to everyone. According to reports, severe depression might have caused the actor to take this step.
The actor’s death raised a lot of questions regarding the prevalence of nepotism in the Bollywood industry. Kangana Ranaut was one of the few actors who called out the role played by the industry in the death of Sushant’s death. In her interview with Arnab Goswami, Kangana pointed out how the industry operates in a vicious cycle in which outsiders, benefiting from their association with directors (whom she named); fail to see her fight against nepotism. She said it was obvious that “after the interview, the entire system will work to make it seem like a crazy person.”
Kangana also pointed out how some actors such as Taapsee Pannu and Swara Bhaskar who weren’t from the industry would be against her and claim how they didn’t face any kind of nepotism. She made the argument that even after being better actors, ‘the outsiders’ would always be considered at a lower level than the ‘star kids’.
Kangana makes claims about the industry almost ‘disowning’ Sushant
Kangana has spoken unabashedly about her fight against nepotism, which she has been outspoken against since 2016. She set out obscure and surprising information in the interview about how an effort to discredit her had been made.
She said late actor Sushant Singh Rajput was a victim of the film industry’s unfair practices and lashed out against several bigwigs from Bollywood like producer-director Aditya Chopra, Mahesh Bhatt, Karan Johar and film critic Rajeev Masand. In Sushant’s suicide case, Kangana alleged they should be summoned by the police and grilled in the ongoing investigation.
Nepotism in the Bollywood Industry
When star kids always get roles with A-list bosses and big banners despite bad results, there’s nothing but nepotism at stake. When talented “outsiders” have to play a star kid’s second fiddle, it’s all about nepotism.
Several star-children have been continuously trolled since the death of Sushant Singh Rajput. They were blamed for encouraging the culture of nepotism in Bollywood, directly and indirectly, and for keeping big banner movies away from ‘outsiders.’ They were also at the receiving end of threats to themselves and their families and sheer hatred. That fixes nothing. Rather, it gives star kids something to use to win attention for themselves, who may have perpetuated the cliquey behavior. They defend themselves in a way that is, to say the least, brash, childish and utterly tone-deaf.
Nepotism has been one of the most significant issues dealt with by Bollywood. Though extremely talented actors are struggling to paycheck, there are star kids who just need to pick up the phone and dial the producer who is going to turn around their careers. It’s time for them to come out of their bubbles and know how much harm they can now do away with.