Akshaye Khanna on nepotism: The 200 to 250 families of the film industry cannot make a star, it’s decided by the audience!

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Akshaye Khanna on nepotism: The 200 to 250 families of the film industry cannot make a star, it’s decided by the audience!
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Sonakshi Sinha and Sidharth Malhotra are super excited as they arrive for Ittefaq screening
Few months back, nepotism was a word that existed only in the dictionary. However, now it has become a major topic of discussion in the country, and we have to credit Kangana Ranaut for that as she was the one who started the whole debate after calling Karan Johar the “flag bearer of nepotism” on Koffee With Karan. People in the film industry chose their sides and a LOT has been said on this topic. While people with no connections in the industry said that the star kids get it easy, the latter were of the opinion that it’s their hard work and talent that takes them ahead.

We met another star kid recently who hasn’t given his two cents on this topic till now. So it was the perfect opportunity to know his take on this much-discussed topic of nepotism. Yes, we are talking about Akshaye Khanna (son of veteran actor late Vinod Khanna), who is being appreciated for his stellar act in the recently released film Ittefaq, which also stars Sonakshi Sinha and Sidharth Malhotra. Akshaye, who is known to very shy and kind of recluse shared his opinion on nepotism with us, and we have to admit, it’s logical to a certain extent. Akshaye, who didn’t know how the debate started told us exclusively, “It’s good to have a debate about anything that the society seems to want to debate. Now talking about nepotism, I don’t know how it started. There are many aspects that people are referring to nepotism.”
He even feels that it’s the audience that decides the fate of any actor, and not the people of the film industry as the Ittefaq star explains, “Let me give you one argument that will end the debate. Whether you are in favour of nepotism or against it, the basic fact is that anybody who has made it, in any field, it’s because the people have decided that this person will be successful. It is something that is not decided by the film industry, but the audience. Today, a David Dhawan’s son, the audience has said we want to watch. The film industry has not said it. The 200 to 250 families of film industry cannot make a star. They can make a film, but not a star. I can launch an actor. Today a Boney Kapoor’s son, the audience has decided that we want to watch him. Arjun Kapoor‘s face is accepted. There are many actors who come, people decide that we will not watch this person and his face is rejected. So the whole debate of nepotism falls flat on its face. I can nepotise somebody by making a film, but I cannot say. Today Abhay Chopra (director of Ittefaq) is Ravi Chopra’s son and BR Chopra’s grandson. He is coming from a legacy that is very rare. There is not a studio in Hindi cinema which is bigger than BR, or a banner as we call it these days. Today if I can do a film, Sid can do the film, Sonakshi can do the film, and Karan and Shah Rukh can produce it, whether Abhay gets to make another film or not is decided by the audience. So nepotism falls on its face.”

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