Post demise of Sushant Singh Rajput by suicide, there is an ongoing debate on television and social media over nepotism – Are outsiders treated differently compared to star kids in the film industry? The film fraternity is not very welcoming to new talent outside the industry in comparison with star kids. The film industry only makes films but the ticket buying audience makes the star, decides whom they like or not and the success and failure of the films.
It is not fair that outsiders do not get good opportunities. If they are talented, they will be noticed. It may take some time for them to reach that success compared to star kids who have easier access. Shah Rukh Khan and Akshay Kumar are two prominent examples. They do not come from the film fraternity, but they have been part of many successful films and have reached great success in their career. Tomorrow their children could have easier access to movies due to their hard work.
All parents want the best for their children and try their utmost best to provide them with all requirements for them to reach success in their career. So why a film star cannot do the same for their own children? All children of actors cannot become actors. But some want to follow the footsteps of their parents in their career. What is wrong with that? We have so many films being made in the industry and have enough bandwidth for both star kids and outsiders to survive. Today we have good opportunities for actors in television and web series on OTT platforms. The outsiders will have to face more challenges as the film industry is not easy to survive. It is very competitive.
The problem is that many newcomers from outside the film fraternity come with a mindset to play the main leads in films. Generally speaking, it is hard for them to take it slowly and to accept smaller roles in different mediums to create their own niche. Irrfan Khan, Manoj Bajpayee, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Ayushmann Khurrana and Pankaj Tripathi have thrived in a similar manner and have proven themselves. They may have got delayed success but at the end, talent has been accepted by the film industry and the audience. The film industry has been receptive to talent outside the industry.
The star kids have their own pressure as they are living under the burden of expectations of their successful parents. We have seen may star kids like Kumar Gaurav, Rajiv Kapoor, Abhishek Bachchan, Tusshar Kapoor, Esha Deol, Twinkle Khanna and Bobby Deol faltering under that pressure as their career did not take off the way they wanted. The audience clearly rejected them and the writing was on the wall, ages ago. The audience is the main decision makers for the success and failure of the actors. Without their acceptance, you cannot strive in the industry.
The young actors, who are failing in the industry need to accept they are not made for it. Sometimes they have dreams which could be unpractical. The actors will have to review their own talent. The choice of choosing actors for their films or web series is the call of production houses or casting directors. To give equal chances to star kids and outsiders, production house should practice having auditions for every role. The star kids will also have to give audition for these roles. Giving access to star kids is fine but they should also go through the selection process. It will be a fair treatment where a talented actor is chosen whether he is a star kid or an outsider.
Blaming film personalities for Sushant Singh Rajput death is not absurd. He had tasted good success in his career, worked with the best filmmakers, was one of big stars in the younger generation of actors, was always a choosy actor wanting to essay different subjects and wanted to always challenge himself as an actor. During his media interactions, he has never spoken negatively about the industry. But there are few people in film industry using his death for their own benefit. Life is hard and will constantly test you. We need to accept that and live our life. We need to endure our challenges and be patient for our success.
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