Sonakshi Sinha on nepotism: If doctors’ kids can become doctors, why judge actors?

Noor actor Sonakshi Sinha joins the nepotism debate, says she doesn’t understand why people create a fuss when star kids join Bollywood.

bollywood Updated: Apr 30, 2017 17:20 IST
Yashika Mathur
Yashika Mathur
Hindustan Times
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Actor Sonakshi Sinha talks about the existence of nepotism in Bollywood.(Yogen Shah)

Actor Sonakshi Sinha has something to say to all those who point fingers at star kids with the belief that they have it easy in the film industry. “If a doctor’s child wants to become a doctor, nobody has an issue with it. It’s the same when a lawyer’s child becomes a lawyer, but if an actor’s child wants to become an actor, everyone has a problem with it. I don’t understand that,” says Sonakshi, daughter of veteran actor Shatrughan Sinha, and the latest celeb to comment on nepotism in the film frat. An ever-existing debate, it was last fuelled by actor Kangana Ranaut when she called filmmaker Karan Johar the “flag bearer of nepotism” in Bollywood.

Sonakshi — whose film, Noor, will release on April 21 — asserts that being born and brought up in a film family cannot seal the deal for any actor’s future. “Even if you are born in a film family, what is the maximum that you will get... a first meeting or a first film? Beyond that it is your talent, hard work and perseverance that will take you forward. If people fail to see that in you, nobody will give you work,” she says.

What’s Sonakshi’s view on the Kangana-Karan spat? KJo had retorted Kangy’s words, saying that if she has so many problems with the industry, then she should leave it. “I have no interest in getting into a conversation between two people. It’s none of my business ... The debate on star kids getting leverage is back because a conversation between two people has been pushed to no bounds,” says the 29-year-old, who is known to speak her mind on issues related to the film industry, and has a strong fan following among the youth.

“I feel empowered, lucky and blessed that I am in the position where people sit up, take notice of what I have to say. When I do need a break, I take it. I go away and travel. I just break away from it all when I feel I need to but when I get back I know that I have come back stronger and ever more rejuvenated. But I just feel that if I have been put in this position by the people, I should not take it for granted and I should appreciate it and I really do,” says Sonakshi.

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First Published: Mar 24, 2017 15:52 IST