Bollywood going nuts!

Nepotism is what we all do!

Nepotism is just a fancy word for what we call ‘networking’, ‘having contacts’ and ‘influence’ in our non-Bollywoodian industries. On the streets of Bombay, it’s called ‘vashila’ or just ‘contak’. Tell me, which good job in which industry is available without some goddamn ‘vashila’?! And if the ‘contak’ happens to be your tycoon father or your dear politician brother, like you wouldn’t use his or her ‘influence’? You would still go and live in your slum hut with the leaking roof and starve? Of course, I’m sure you would say to your ‘contak’, ‘I don’t want you to get me the job, just push my resume to the top of the pile’ or ‘just get me the interview, that’s all’, as though that makes it very different. That is called ‘access’! And don’t pretend as if you’ve never ever done it! Come on, folks, get real – don’t be so moralistic and holier than thou – you know that’s just doublespeak for ‘Just get me that effing job’!

Getting a job is tough enough in any field, but in the film industry the stakes are a million stress levels higher, because of the glamour and the fame content. Yeah sure, nepotism is wrong but it’s just not in Bollywood. It’s rich hearing politicians talking about nepotism and gangs. Of all things! That is where it is the dirtiest and most cut-throat. Literally. So if you want to get rid of nepotism, you really need to start there, not Bollywood. And good luck with that, let me know how it works out for you!

Zoya is just being honest and frank about it. And if you folks think people like Kangana don’t have their own cliques and cabals and ‘contaks’, it’s time to take that kite out of your brains and go fly it!

Rajdeep In Conversation With Javed Akhtar, Zoya Akhtar & Farhan Akhtar | India Today, India Tomorrow

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