Saif Ali Khan draws flak for saying he's a victim of nepotism
Actor's comments don't go down well with netizens
The raging debate over nepotism and 'camps' within Bollywood is a conversation that has gained intensity of late.
The tragic death of Sushant Singh Rajput once again triggered the conversation about the preferential treatment accorded to Bollywood 'insiders' at the expense of lesser-known actors.
The 34 year-old actor showed his exceptional calibre through movies like MS Dhoni: The Untold Story, PK, Raabta and Kedarnath among others after making his Bollywood debut with Kai Po Che.
Saif Ali Khan, who plays a cameo in Sushant's last film Dil Bechara, recently came under fire for stating in a conversation held with senior journalist Kaveree Bamzai in a chat arranged as part of Indulge Time Pass, a series of webinars organised by The New Indian Express group, that he too is a victim of nepotism. "There is inequality in India that needs to be explored. Nepotism, favoritism and camps are different subjects. Even I have been a victim of nepotism, but nobody speaks of that," he said.
Netizens are calling out Saif for referring to himself as a victim of nepotism, and 'reminded' him that he is the son of veteran actress Sharmila Tagore and former Indian cricket captain Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi.
Karan Johar to Saif Ali Khan when he said "he is also a victim of Nepotism" - pic.twitter.com/PIS2vCdvFx- Hi??anshi J???in (@lawyerdhimanshi) July 2, 2020
Saif Ali khan says he has been a victim of nepotism. It is like saying China has been a victim of territorial invasion.- HARSH ???? (@Nationalist1110) July 2, 2020
More recently streaming platform Disney+Hotstar came under widespread condemnation for leaving out lesser-known actors in its recently held promotional event.
The OTT platform invited Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan, Akshay Kumar, Abishek Bachchan and Ajay Devgn to speak of some of their upcoming films but excluded stars like Vidyut Jammwal and Kunal Khemmu who too had releases lined up.
An incensed Jammwal reacted to the news with a sarcastic tweet calling them out on the nepotism while Saif's brother-in-law Kunal Kemmu opted for a less direct tone. He took to twitter with a post that translates to, "Respect and love cannot be bought. If we don't receive it then that doesn't belittle us. Just give us a level playing field so we can take a long leap."