Kareena Kapoor today said she does not believe that nepotism exists and that if the practice was prevalent, every star child would have gone on to become a superstar in the film industry.
The actor cited Padmaavat star Ranveer Singh’s example, saying the actor made it big in Bollywood on his own, without any familial ties.
“There are many superstars from yesteryears and not all of their children are superstars. If nepotism exists everyone would have been superstars.”
“But the fact that today Ranveer Singh, (who) does not have mother or father who is a superstar, out of sheer talent and hard work he is where he is today. I don’t think nepotism exists,” Kareena said.
She further added that being a star child was a difficult task as one has a legacy to live up to and a lot of expectations.
“It is about talent, we maybe children or grandchildren of somebody but once you are on the silver screen you are that part. When you have generations of actors and a huge legacy behind you, it is actually difficult for a star child to live up to it and succeed in this industry,” she said.
Karisma was also present at the event with her sister. Talking about nepotism, she said, “Everyone can have their own opinion and we should respect all.’’ She further said that they were not forced to leave the movies, it was their “choice”.
Kareena said that it was her sister and her who broke the stereotypes and went on to pursue a career in films. ”It took Kapoor girls to break the norms. My father (Randhir Kapoor) has been very supportive. He did not help us, (or) recommend us. He opened the door and told us to fly,” she said.
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