Nepotism has been the most talked about topic this year. After Kangana Ranaut called Karan Johar the flag bearer of Nepotism at Koffee With Karan, it sparked a long and overstretched debate on the topic. Almost everyone had an opinion on it and those who didn’t have were dragged by media to have one.
The debate became a curse for star kids like Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan, Ranbir Kapoor who despite being talented and bankable were being called the products of nepotism.
Sonam Kapoor who has been silent on the topic till now decided to speak up now and told that it’s hilarious how the people who have talked about it in length don’t even know the meaning of it.
During a chat for online show Take 2 with Anupama and Rajeev, she said-
“The whole industry has gotten involved in it and I’ve just laughed through the whole thing. Little knowledge like they say is very dangerous knowledge… So, through this whole thing, I was like should I just put out the meaning of it on Twitter and my mother was like ‘Stay away from the whole thing!’ I was like, ‘Mom how can people not know what it means?’”
Explaining the meaning of the word, she said-
“I would love to explain what that means. Nepotism means that any relationship, any job or any privilege that you get due to any relationship — it could be a relative, it could be a friend, it could be a friend’s friend. Anything that is not on merit is nepotism.”
She then explains that Nepotism is not limited to star kids, but star girlfriends/boyfriends are also a part of it.
“So, whether you sleep with someone, whether you are someone’s girlfriend, whether you are someone’s friend, whether you are somebody’s family and you get a job, is nepotism.”
She concludes it finally with these words-
“Now, obviously if you actually have the time to go and read a dictionary or go online and understand the meaning of it or if you have read in your life, you will understand the meaning of nepotism, so to use it so frivolously… It could be applied to each and every person in the film industry or any industry.”