Since the demise of Sushant Singh Rajput, Bollywood has been accused of nepotism and hypocrisy, with the likes of Karan Johar and Alia Bhatt being targeted by the Twiterrati.
Opening up about the nepotism debate, Kareena Kapoor Khan said that instead of understanding the issue, people seem to be only attacking individuals.
In the interview with Barkha Dutt, Khan said, “21 years of working would not have happened with just nepotism. It is not possible. I can take a long list out of superstars’ children for whom it’s not been able to happen that way.”
“It might sound weird but my struggle is there. There is a struggle but it probably is not as interesting as somebody who comes in a train with just Rs 10 in his pocket. Yeah, it’s not been that and I can’t be apologetic about it,” she said.
She also spoke about the likes of Shah Rukh Khan and Akshay Kumar, who have done tremendously well without any prior Bollywood links. She then added, She said, “The audience has made us, nobody else has made us. The same people pointing fingers, they are only making these nepotistic stars. Aap jaa re ho na film dekhne? Mat jao (You are going to watch the films, right? Don’t go). Nobody has forced you. So I don’t understand it. I find this whole discussion is completely weird.”
She signed off by adding, “The idea is that today so many of our biggest stars whom you (the audience) have chosen, whether it is Akshay Kumar or Shah Rukh Khan or Ayushmann Khurrana or Rajkummar Rao, are all outsiders. They are successful actors because they have worked hard. Whether it is Alia Bhatt or Kareena Kapoor, we have also worked hard. You are enjoying our films and watching them. So, it’s the audience that makes or breaks us.”