What began as a joke on Koffee With Karan has become a huge issue today. Of course nepotism existed even before Kangana Ranaut spoke about it, but no one had the courage to speak up against it before the Queen actress.
Recently, Alia Bhatt was questioned about the same and she had a lot to say about this issue and how nepotism exists everywhere and how does one deal with it. She said, “Of late, I have realised that there is no need to defend the nepotistic nature of the industry because it does exist. The reason why it has become an emotional debate is because it is difficult for those who don’t get a chance. If I was on the other side, I would be heartbroken. I may have felt the same way. Yes, it does exist everywhere, but this is the only business where there’s no fixed funda. You need to be at the right place at the right time. For instance, if you want to be a doctor, you study, give your examination and get a job. In the film business, you can do whatever you want, but there has to be that X-factor that people talk about. There are so many people who come from nowhere and make it big purely on the basis of their presence and what they bring to the screen.”
She added, “An XYZ person can be very good looking and some other can be marginally good looking, but the latter can be a bigger star or loved more because of their talent. There are no hard and fast rules as such, so I totally get the emotional upheaval. As far as I am concerned, I won’t even say that I was more prepared because I was so and so’s daughter. I just got very lucky with my first try (Student Of The Year), but you can only get lucky with that first chance. After that only bhagwaan bachaye.”
On the work front, Bhatt is currently working on Ayan Mukherjee’s Brahmastra opposite Ranbir Kapoor and Amitabh Bachchan.