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Your talent will take you places, surnames won’t..
Being born into a filmy family has its own share of good points and bad ones. Being in the news from your first day on the earth is one of the highlights of it. The moment you step into this world, there are flashes, flashes and flashes everywhere. No matter how hard the celebs try to keep their kids away from the limelight, paparazzi always finds a way to capture them.
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Forget about just being clicked at every place you visit, with your birth in a Bollywood, you have a lot of responsibilities attached. Besides responsibilities, comes criticism, allegations and curses for replacing a potential person who struggles hard to make a mark for himself/herself in the industry.
As much as it is a privilege or a boon to be starkid, it is equally a bane too. Throughout the journey, you may face a lot of unnecessary bashing, but the moment you prove your worth, the same people, who accused you of being privileged, will shower praises on you. Well, I am not here to defend the star kids or criticise them either, what I mentioned above is the exact scenario in the film industry right now.
Take the case of late actress Sridevi‘s darling daughter, Janhvi Kapoor. Much before the release of her debut film ‘Dhadak’, the debutante was bashed by a number of people who accused the girl of being a part of the filmy family. I do understand these star kids have an upper-hand when it comes to great opportunities, but that doesn’t mean one judges them before watching their final output. Janhvi herself admitted that she has an extra advantage and understands people’s outrage too, and this is quite mature on her part as the rest in the industry fail to acknowledge the scenario.
In a recent interview with HuffPost, Janhvi said, “I understand that you feel like you have been robbed of an opportunity that has been handed to me. I’m sure there are people who are more talented than me, and more good-looking than me – I promise you there are. But I am not going to pass this opportunity just because of that.”
“The only thing I can do is value it and make the most of it. It is wrong and messed up if I take advantage of it or if I become complacent and think it is my birthright to be here. I know it is not. I know I need to earn people’s love. I know I need to work ten times harder because there is a stigma attached to how I’ve gotten this opportunity”, added the young girl.
You see, they too understand its not their birthright and all they need is an opportunity to prove themselves just like anyone of us. It’s true that they do grab an opportunity early than the rest of us, but then this is how the industry works. Nepotism does exist, there’s no denying to the fact, but that doesn’t mean we curse them for the same.
In the past, few actors have misused their advantage, but they are nowhere to be seen right now. Audiences now are matured enough to know the right and wrong, hence, there are so many actors who are in the industry without a godfather and doing exceptionally well. Kartik Aryan, Nawazzudin Siddiqui, Irrfan Khan, Kangana Ranaut, Rajkummar Rao, Sushant Singh Rajput are some of the examples.
Its no more about being an insider or an outsider, it is the talent which works. Even if one is Kapoor or Khan family ka beta/beti, the mibute they fail to perform, their career will be doomed. Take Ranbir Kapoor for instance, the guy who comes from the first family of Bollywood, had to every now and then face failures, but it was his will and acting skills which got him the position of a star today. People like Ranbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan and Tiger Shroff have proved their mettle as actors and there is no one out there who points fingers at them. The coming generation of Bollywood i.e Janhvi Kapoor, Sara Ali Khan, Ananya Panday, will have to go through the same to make a mark.
Finally summing up my piece, in simple words- It doesn’t matter where you come from or which family you are born in, it is your talent and work which will take you places and not your surname.
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