THE COZY CLUB CALLED BOLLYWOOD

Kangana Ranaut

Kangana Ranaut is up in arms against her own industry which she thinks is the hotbed of nepotism.

BY DANFES

“All that glitters is not gold” goes the old saying. It fits admirably in the scheme of things prevalent in Bollywood where unless you have a Godfather or a Godmother & if you are not good at networking, whichever way you think of it, you may have to slog & sweat all your life. This is one industry which till long ago wasn’t considered too decent or high on morals, but is now being hotly pursued by wannabe actors as their lasting career choice. More so in these times of unbridled ambitions, when a whole new phenomenon is emerging from the depths of a conservative Indian society; where parents are actively encouraging their children to try their luck in the big bad world of films. Regardless, most of the people connected with the industry live in a parallel world where everything is an illusion. There are pretensions galore & deception at every corner of your run to fame. Hence posturing or being pliable depends on what you wish to gain or lose, being a Bollywood dreamer.

Kangana Ranaut is at it again, nibbling at the imperfections of the world she dubs fake. In an emotionally surcharged expression of her anger & frustration at being singled out for speaking against the cozy club she said “What Bollywood is doing, the planning and plotting, one thing is for sure, earlier I used to call them out for sexism, nepotism or pay disparity, but now I’ll be after them. ‘Inki vaat laga dungi’. I’ll expose each and every one. They have asked for trouble by ganging up against me,” she added. She said that members of the film industry have all ganged up against her and are trying to bully her, adding further that all of this happened because she called them out on nepotism.

The actor, who was at a promotional event of her latest movie Manikarnika, was asked about the lack of support to her during the film’s promotions. “How will it benefit me? I’ve already won 3-4 national awards. At the age of 31, I am a filmmaker. Khud ko he promote kar le bohot badi baat hai (it would be a big deal if they can promote themselves). Is Rani of Jhansi my aunt? She’s as much mine as she’s yours. Then why are these people scared? They are worried just because I spoke on nepotism? They have formed a gang, since ‘I spoke on nepotism?”.

The actor had sparked a debate on nepotism when she appeared on Karan Johar’s chat show two years ago and started a war of words with the filmmaker after she called him the “torchbearer of nepotism” in the industry for launching star kids. “They have all gathered together, like a classroom where 59 have ganged up against one, trying to bully one. How will you feel if someone did that? Aren’t they ashamed? Some of them are my grandfather’s age.“They are after me. Don’t they feel ashamed that it’s not about me. I don’t even want to work with them and I’ve said that often,” she said. The actor said Manikarnika was for the next generation and the film wasn’t about Kangana. She had in an interview criticised celebrities for not turning up for the screening of “Manikarnika”, but who had contacted her for the screenings of their films.
She added: “Today only Kangana Ranaut is not living in a free country. All citizens of this country are living in free country.”