By Arré Bench Jul. 02, 2020
“Even I have been a victim of nepotism but nobody speaks of that,” says Saif Ali Khan, son of actress Sharmila Tagore and cricketing legend Tiger Pataudi. The irony is not lost on anyone.
If saying the wrong thing at the wrong time was an Olympic sport, Bollywood would take away all the honours every time. Sonakshi Sinha would get bronze, Sonam Kapoor would hit silver and going by recent developments, Saif Ali Khan would strike gold.
Self-proclaimed eugenics expert, “Nawab” Saif Ali Khan, son of actress Sharmila Tagore and cricketing legend Tiger Pataudi, has claimed that he has himself been a “victim of nepotism”. In an interview to The New Indian Express, he said, “There is inequality in India that needs to be explored. Nepotism, favouritism and camps are different subjects. Even I have been a victim of nepotism but nobody speaks of that. I’m happy to see more people from film institutes come to the forefront.”
“There is inequality in India that needs to be explored. #Nepotism, favoritism and camps are different subjects. Even I have been a victim of nepotism but nobody speaks of that,” actor #SaifAliKhan said. #TimePass @kavereeb @indulgexpress @PrabhuChawla @Eventxpress @gsvasu_TNIE pic.twitter.com/VVIFFxjXft
— The New Indian Express (@NewIndianXpress) July 1, 2020
The internet was quick to point out that Saif Ali Khan made his debut with industry stalwarts Sunil Dutt and Vinod Khanna in Parampara. An opportunity of that scale would be inconceivable for a newcomer who doesn’t have connections in Bollywood. Khan later went on to win the National Award for Hum Tum in 2005. His mother Sharmila Tagore was the censor board chief then. When Khan won the Padma Shri in 2010, his mother was once again part of the jury. That doesn’t seem like just a coincidence now, does it?
If one was expecting nuance from Khan on the contentious topic of nepotism in the industry, clearly we were setting our expectations too high. In 2017, Khan joined Varun Dhawan and Karan Johar on stage, shouting “Nepotism Rocks”, as they took a tone-deaf jibe at Kangana Ranaut who had called the director the “flagbearer of nepotism” in a Koffee With Karan episode. More gyaan was to follow on the topic, as he wrote an op-ed in DNA, comparing star kids to breeding race horses.
— RebelliousStreak (@rebelyellstreak) July 2, 2020
If there’s one thing we’ve learned over the past few days, it is that social media wasn’t going to be kind to star kids making reckless statements.
Overacting ki bhi limit hoti hai.
— Arun Agrawal (@mragrawalarun) July 2, 2020
The best simile of the day
Saif Ali Khan says that he has been a victim of nepotism. It’s like Akash Ambani saying he has been a victim of wealth.
— Sagar (@sagarcasm) July 2, 2020
If you’re the victim, who are the beneficiaries?
— Aavy Maan (@emAvvy) July 2, 2020
There’s a Bollywood clip for every Bollywood faux pas.
Saif Ali Khan: Even I have been a victim of nepotism..
— The Young Monk (@ayush_k_u_m_a_r) July 2, 2020
Khan’s comment caused a brain freeze ngl.
#SaifAliKhan:- Mai Nepotism Victim Hun.
Me :- While Listing this statement and after listening. pic.twitter.com/s6aJ1RvKyC
— Bhatakta Tweet™ (@BhataktaTweet) July 2, 2020
The punishment he deserves.
— Kunal Sethi (@KunalSethi06) July 2, 2020
It seems expecting sensitivity from Bollywood on the N-issue is like finding the coronavirus vaccine. Everyone is looking for it, but we are yet to discover one.