Half a year has gone by and Bollywood is still obsessively debating about nepotism. What’s more, some star kids are coming out of their cocoons to Google the definition of the word.
This comes on the heels of the IIFA awards, where Karan Johar, Varun Dhawan and Saif Ali Khan ‘joked’ about the sensitive issue, kicking up yet another storm of comments inside and outside the industry. While many celebrities have come forward, mostly to defend the existence of nepotism, Sonam Kapoor has left everyone baffled and amused to say the least.
Recently, she tweeted the definition of nepotism (which is the first result for the word on Google), and it did not go down well with the people. The star kid wrote, “#fya NEPOTISM: the practice among those with power or influence of favouring RELATIVES or FRIENDS, especially by giving them jobs.”
Not surprisingly, Twitteratis were really quick to notice the irony and confusion in Sonam’s tweet. Many not only trolled her, but even went on to say that she was the perfect example of the word. One Twitter user, Rajesh Rathi wrote, “Please don’t make a fool of yourself by telling people the definition of nepotism. Point is yes it exists and u shld accept it (sic).”
Talking about being irrelevant, Saif, in his recent open letter compared star kids to race horses. The 46-year-old actor wrote, “I think eugenics is extremely relevant in a conversation on nepotism. Eugenics means well born and in a movie context, the genes (the DNA we’re born with, not the blue trousers we wear) of, let’s say Dharmendra’s son or Amitabh Bachchan’s son or for that matter, Sharmila Tagore’s son come into play.” To which the Queen actress, Kangana, gave a befitting reply, “Are you implying that artistic skills, hard work, experience, concentration spans, enthusiasm, eagerness, discipline and love, can be inherited through family genes?”
Of course, Saif wasn’t spared either. “Just read Saif Ali Khan’s open letter. I must say Mein Kampf is quite a good read (sic),” wrote comedian Sahil Shah. Another twitter user, Shakti Shetty, wrote, “Going by his open letter, it’s a surprise Saif Ali Khan chose Taimur over Hitler (sic).”
Sonam or Saif might not have reacted to this outrage, but one wonders how many more foolish explanations are yet to come from the star kids, before the debate is over....