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Zayed Khan on nepotism row: What’s wrong if you are using your influence?

Actor Zayed Khan says that everyone who has achieved any success in Bollywood has, in turn, helped their loved ones get ahead — and he sees nothing surprising or negative in that.

bollywood Updated: Jul 31, 2017 13:19 IST
Akshay Kaushal
Akshay Kaushal
Hindustan Times
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Actor Zayed Khan was in Delhi to attend his designer friend Manav Gangwani’s fashion show. (HT Photo/ Raajessh Kashyap)

Actor Zayed Khan, who was in Delhi to attend his friend designer Manav Gangwani’s fashion show, shared his thoughts on the on-going nepotism debate in Bollywood, and also spoke about his television debut.

About nepotism in Bollywood, the 37-year-old actor said, “Isn’t everybody nepotistic? Hasn’t everybody coming up [in this industry] used their influence to help their loved ones or keep their loved ones in a better position? It is merely human nature. Let’s not blow things out of proportion. We’re a free enterprise. It’s survival of the fittest. Nepotism is a new word that has fascinated everybody. Buckle up, dust yourself off, and move forward,” he says.

Zayed, who made is Bollywood debut in the film Chura Liyaa Hai Tumne in 2003 is the son of actor Sanjay Khan and interior designer Zarine Khan. Coming from a family, who has been into showbiz for the longest time, it came as a surprise that the actor accepted the prevalence of nepotism in the industry.

Zayed is soon going to make his TV debut. Speaking about his apprehension on doing television, he said, “I see television as a lot of hard work. Why are we looking down on television when it is the highest penetrating medium? For me, my fans and their support means a lot and I believe that they will like me on TV. I want to be honest in my job. And I am comfortable [with] any medium if the work is good; it can even be digital tomorrow.”

First Published: Jul 30, 2017 16:20 IST