Anushka: “I’ve never faced nepotism in any way”

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Anushka Sharma has confidently said she never faced nepotism in her decade-long career in Bollywood, despite being known as an outsider.

Kangna Ranaut recently called filmmaker Karan Johar the “flag bearer of nepotism” on his talk show, leading to a war of words between the director and Ranaut. Sharma, who made her acting debut with Aditya Chopra’s ‘Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi’ (2008), said she got a chance to make it big in the industry without a godfather, reports the Bangalore Mirror.

“The production house which launched me, I can’t talk like that about them because they gave an outsider like me a chance,” Sharma says. She described how Yash Raj Films could have easily taken an industry kid on board but they have given a chance to many outsiders. “They did have an option to take any industry kid at that time but Aditya Chopra put faith in me. I can talk about my experience and I’ve never faced nepotism in any way. Whether this happens or not, everybody has their own experiences. May be it happens but I can never say this about Aditya.” She went on to say, “He has launched all the outsiders. Me, Ranveer Singh, Parineeti Chopra. Except for Arjun (Kapoor), all the Yash Raj talent are outsiders.”

The 28-year-old is currently gearing up for her upcoming production ‘Phillauri,’ in which she stars opposite Punjabi superstar Diljit Dosanjh. The romantic-drama chronicles the story of a young man (Suraj Sharma) who meets a friendly spirit (Anushka) after he reluctantly marries a tree to ward off any threats to his love life.

‘Phillauri’ releases 24th March.

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