Nepotism debate rages in Bollywood; Kangana, Sushant’s kin add spice

Even as the nepotism controversy continues to rage in Bollywood with Kangana Ranaut’s team and actor Taapsee Pannu locked in a bitter fight, Sushant Singh Rajput’s brother-in-law Vishal Kirti announced an app called Nepometer, to help fight nepotism.

Taking to Twitter, Kangana’s team called Taapsee, a supporter of ‘Movie Mafia’ and wishes to derail the movement started by Kangana.

Lashing out at Taapsee, in a Twitter post, Kangana’s team wrote: “Many chaploos outsiders consistently try to derail d movements started by Kangana, dey want to b in movie mafia good books,dey gt movies & awards fr attacking Kangana & dey take part in open harassment of a woman, shame on u @taapsee u reap the fruits f hr struggles bt gang up on hr.” 

Meanwhile the discussion on nepotism took a new turn with the announcement of the app called Nepometer. According to Kriti, the app will rate a film based on the number of independent artists being a part of the project. It will weigh a film in five categories- producer, lead artists, supporting artists, director and writer.

Recently, the makers of the app tested the idea by rating upcoming film Sadak 2. The app suggested Sadak 2 directed by Mahesh Bhatt and starring Aditya Roy Kapur, Sanjay Dutt, Pooja Bhatt and Alia Bhatt is 98% nepotistic. While many said the app would be helpful to see how many films have independent artists, several also claimed that only the top 5 categories are not part of a film’s crew.

There are critics for the app also. Responding to the controversy, director Milap Zaveri tweeted, “This is an Absolutely ridiculous meter to even have started. All the stars and makers of this film have given bonafide Blockbusters coz of their talent/love of audiences. Since decades. Film family or not, in the end audiences embrace who THEY want. The nepotism debate is a joke.”

However, Vishal wrote, “We’re still grieving. Our focus now is to take care of each other. I shared my brother’s idea of Nepometer because it enables people to make informed choices. It’s a small tribute to Sushant. It’s a not for profit voluntary effort. Please stay patient since it isn’t our 1st priority.”