After Kangana Ranaut and Karan Johar, a fair number of Bollywood celebrities have come out in open to speak about nepotism and surprisingly most of them are starkids. We asked Taapsee Pannu who happens to be an outsider in the industry what she feels about it. “I think nepotism and being an outsider are parts of the same coin. And both have a positive and a negative impact. Of course its very easy to blame that nepotism exists and all that but you also have to see the other side of it.. they poor have to be always so perfect.. the moment the starkids walk out of the house. It’s too much of a pressure. I don’t know how would I be if I had to be so prim and perfect the moment I get out of the house. I wouldn’t probably want to become an actor. So that’s too much of a pressure or expectations from the starkids all the time which is really sad I feel. I wouldn’t be able to do it. That’s why I would like to give it to them to handle it .. all that pressure.”
She continues, “On the other hand, yes, being an outsider you don’t get things easy in a way that just one film becomes a hit that will stabilise your position. You need to keep giving hits back to back, back to back to maintain your position. So everything has got a plus and minus to it. But on the other hand, we don’t have any expectations riding on us when we start so whatever we give.. if that is little good, people just welcome us in a very warm way. Ya, so we need to see them as both sides of the same coin. And we have progressed a lot in the last couple of years that’s why someone like me who has no (filmy) background, no five- film deals or no god-fathers is doing a film like (Naam) Shabana, so that shows that the situation is not that bad. Nobody will give a call for me and say that ‘ok ya, take her in the film, give her a role’ but ya, probably I will have enough films to back me up.” (ALSO READ: Taapsee Pannu’s Naam Shabana recreates Zubi Zubi and THANK GOD it does NOT butcher it!)
Well, whatever she says makes complete sense because, let’s admit it, starkids do have a lot of pressure on them and the expectations that viewers have from them is really high. Though the industry might have not accepted outsiders with arms wide open initially, over he last few years there’s been a drastic change in that. Yes, there is a lot of struggle but talent is all you need to survive. Is your take on nepotism similar to Taapsee’s? Tell us in the comment section below and stay tuned to BollywoodLife for more updates.