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Siddhanth Kapoor: People who don’t have any kaam-dhanda talk about nepotism

Shraddha Kapoor’s brother, actor Siddhanth Kapoor, says that his father Shakti Kapoor has never made a single call to any director or producer to help him get a movie.

bollywood Updated: Jun 22, 2017 18:53 IST
Monika Rawal Kukreja
Monika Rawal Kukreja
Hindustan Times
Siddhanth Kapoor,Shraddha Kapoor,Shakti Kapoor
Siblings Shraddha and Siddhanth Kapoor will play on-screen siblings in Haseena: The Queen of Mumbai.

Being Shakti Kapoor’s son and Shraddha Kapoor’s brother hasn’t apparently made much of a difference to actor Siddhanth Kapoor’s career. Having acted in films such as Shootout at Wadala (2013) and Jazbaa (2015), he is still struggling to find his footing in the industry and is hopeful that his upcoming film, Haseena: The Queen of Mumbai, will be a breakthrough project.

Asked why it took him so long so make a mark despite his father being a noted actor, Siddhanth says, “Well, that clearly means that nepotism is utter crap and I’m a live example of that. He [Shakti Kapoor] has never made a single call to any director or producer. I’ve made everything for myself on my own calibre..”

In the film, Siddhanth essays the role of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, while Shraddha plays the titular role of Dawood’s sister, Haseena Parkar. Talking further on the raging nepotism debate, that was the talk of the industry after actor Kangana Ranaut accused filmmaker Karan Johar of being the flag-bearer of nepotism, Siddhanth feels it’s possibly the “dumbest thing” he’s ever come across.

“People who don’t have any kaam-dhanda talk about nepotism. I don’t believe in it. Someone from the industry saying that they get opportunities is like declaring that outsiders don’t have any scope here,” says the actor, who has also been an assistant director for films such as Bhagam Bhaag and Chup Chup Ke (2006), Bhool Bhulaiya and Dhol (2007).

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Siddhanth, however, is quick to add that being from the industry, of course there’s a little bit of an advantage that they enjoy. “But isn’t that a given? A restaurateur’s child will be a restaurateur, a businessman’s child will be a businessman, and a pilot’s child will get a platform in aviation. So it happens in every field and not just in acting,” he says.

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First Published: Jun 09, 2017 17:21 IST