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7 Bollywood Stars that you did not know are the product of Nepotism

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Nepotism signifies “Naming family members or companions in one’s organization or associations to such positions or job for which other individuals may be better qualified.” At the point when such sort of practices is done in Bollywood, it is called Nepotism in Bollywood.

In the past, some days, nepotism topic has been hitting Bollywood celebrities and production houses harshly. Now, it is a debate whether the death of Sushant Singh Rajput or Kangana at Koffee with Karan made Nepotism highlighted.

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There are some big production houses which are getting the blame for destroying the career of many. Now, think about how many actors, singers, musicians must be there who felt so.

Also Read: Nepometer, the nepotism police for Bollywood


Some celebs are not even spoken on these issues, and so many are their part of nepotism legacy but are keeping it all entirely. Sad, but in the list, we have ‘Ramleela’ fame Ranveer Singh, national crush Vicky Kaushal and many.
Let’s have a look at the list of some Bollywood stars who have Bollywood relations before their career and claim or pretend to be a self-made rockstar.

Rockstar reminds me of Ranbir Kapoor’s 2011 performance. He was given the best actor award in every Vimalpanmasala Award Shows. Was his acting good or just received an honor on his family’s behalf?

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  • Swara Bhaskar:

Bhaskar said in a recent interview that the film industry is not nepotistic, it is feudal. Therefore, when it got the status of a trade, and corporate money poured in, and various platforms emerged, you started seeing outsiders such as Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Rajkumar Rao, Jaideep Ahlawat, Deepak Dobriyal, Richa Chadda, Huma Qureshi, herself, Monica Dogra and others in prominent roles.

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Somewhere she claimed herself to be an outsider. But that’s not the fact. The story is Swara Bhaskar’s mother, Ira Bhaskar had served as a member of the Central Board of Film Certification(CBFC). Ira Bhaskar is also a film historian and a professor of Cinema Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University.

She has been on the board when she ordered for blurring the map, which says, Free Tibetan, in Ranbir Kapoor movie, Rockstar, was passed.

  • Ranveer Singh:

Ranveer Singh has been the mast-Punjabi Munda in Bollywood. He started his career with Yashraj banner movies like Band Baja Barat and Ladies vs. Ricky Bahl. He got popularity from his very first movie.

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He is the only actor to work with Sanjay Leela Bhansali thrice. He has rocked the industry with his thundering performances. But deep down, he has been quiet concerning his family background and relations to Bollywood.

It has been found that Ranveer Singh’s grandmother was a Bollywood actress in the 1940s. Singh’s grandmother Chand Burke was a popular name in the film industry back then and had done films in both Hindi and Punjabi languages.

  • Vicky Kaushal:

Vicky Kaushal is known for his hits like Mnanarziyaan, URI, Raazi hits. Vicky doesn’t get famous overnight with his first movie. He did several films like Masaan and Bombay Velvet.

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Many times he gets trolled for his common-Punjabi face, but after Raazi and URI, he became the national crush of India. Recently it has been said that his father is from Bollywood only, and he got favoritism from many director-producer. Vicky’s father, Sham Kaushal, is a director.

  • Amir Khan:

Amir Khan is known as the perfectionist of Bollywood, and he might be one of the lesser-known products of Nepotism in Bollywood, but he sure is one. And a good one at that!

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Many people are commenting that among khans, only Shahrukh and Amir are self-made stars. Well, that’s wrong. As he is the son of film producer Tahir Hussain.

Amir Khan’s versatility and command ability in movies have been appreciated worldwide.

  • Kiara Advani:

Kiara Advani, aka Preeti from Kabir Singh, is to a product of Nepotism. According to the research done, Kiara is said to be the great-granddaughter of late actor Ashok Kumar. Her mother has grown up being Salman’s closest friend.

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Also, south Indian actress Sayyeshaa is her first-cousin. Kiara got a notice after M.S. Dhoni but eventually received appreciation after Kabir Singh. Kabir Singh proved to be a golden opportunity for her as well as for Shahid Kapoor.

  • Vivaan Shah and Imaad Shah:

Vivan Shah and Imaad shah are sons of actor Nasrudeen Shah. Vivan Shah is just four films old but has been a set example of Nepotism in Bollywood. He played roles in Shahrukh Khan’s ‘Happy New Year’ and Anurag Kashyap’s’ Bombay Velvet,’ and both miserably flopped on the big screen.

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Imaad Shah, also known as Madboy, is an example of the debate of Nepotism in Bollywood.

  • Emran Hashmi:

Everybody knows the serial kisser of Bollywood Emran Hashmi. If he’s surname was Bhatt, everybody has guessed easily that he is a product of Bhatt production. This is no lesser fact that Emran was launched and given many opportunities by his uncle Mahesh Bhatt.

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Many actors are from Bihar, like Sushant Singh Rajput. And most of them have done so well, and others have established themselves as a great actor. Few Actors who made it big are:

  • Manoj Bajpayee

Manoj Bajpayee was born and brought up in Bihar. He was born on 23rd April 1969 in Narkatiaganj, West Champaran, Bihar. He is a Bollywood and Tollywood Film Actor too. Manoj Bajpayee has worked in numerous Hindi language films, just as in Telugu and Tamil language films.

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He was granted with Padma Shri (likewise Padma Shree) in 2019 for his commitments to acting. He is best known for his work in Bhaagi 2, Sonchirya. Sushant and Manoj were part of this recent project.

  • Pankaj Tripathi

Pankaj Tripathi was also born in 1976, in Belsand, Barauli, Gopalganj, Bihar. Pankaj Tripathi is likewise an Indian Bollywood Actor. He worked in numerous Bollywood Films, Web Series, and that’s just the beginning.

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A portion of his best films are Gangs of Wasseypur, Fukrey, Masaan, and that’s only the tip of the iceberg. He can be given the most promising award every year, as he delivers his best at whatever platform you say.

Also Read: Why did Sushant Singh Rajput kill himself?

  • Sanjay Mishra

Darbhanga, Bihar is the roots of Sanjay Mishra. He is a student at the National School of Drama, which is still a dream for many inspired actors. He is extraordinary compared to other satire on-screen characters of Bollywood. His movies, like Masaan, Tanhaji, Total Dhamma, and FryDay, has his best of work.

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  • Neha Sharma

Neha Sharma was born in Bhagalpur, Bihar, in the year 1987. She studied in NIFT Delhi. Neha Sharma is a model and entertainer from Bihar. Her debut Bollywood film is Crook. She has also been the part of Youngistaan, Mubarakan.

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What is Nepotism? Is it only the thing that made Sushant Singh Rajput hanged? No, it’s broader than that. Probably we don’t know the actual meaning of Nepotism’ nor do we know the other people facing the same in the film industry. If only all-star kids were at least somewhat as good as the standard set, there wouldn’t have been anyone dissing about this whole nepotism saga overruling the many facets of Bollywood.

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