Amid Nepotism, These 6 ‘Outsiders’ Made It Big In Bollywood

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The sudden passing of Sushant Singh Rajput has focused the spotlight on nepotism and many controversies in Bollywood continue to thrive. This seems to many like something that has been brushed far too long under the carpet.

There has been a flurry of social media posts that blame a particular section of Bollywood for pushing Sushant Singh Rajput to take the drastic step. People started calling out industry-specific names under the #nepotismkilledsushant hashtag.

Online slamming of actors and directors such as Karan Johar, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Salman Khan and Ekta Kapoor, allegedly called ‘proponents.’

Sudhir Kumar Ojha, a lawyer, has reportedly also filed a complaint against these celebrities and four other individuals in connection with Rajput ‘s demise at a court in Muzaffarpur in Bihar.

There are those in the discussion who say there are other ‘outsiders’ who have also made it high. Six of those actors have seen success here:

1. Sushant Singh Rajput

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Sushant didn’t come from a family of movies and saw his share of the hardships going up to the top. He was invited to audition for Balaji Telefilms in 2008 and landed a supporting role on the Kis Desh Mein Hai Meraa Dil show. His hit movies include Kedarnath and Chhichhore, and he was last seen on Netflix’s action-thriller Drive, which debuted.

Once at an awards show, Sushant was asked about nepotism in Bollywood, and he reportedly said, “Nepotism is there, it’s everywhere, not just in Bollywood. You can’t do anything to that end. Nepotism can coexist, and nothing will happen, but at the same time, if you don’t intentionally encourage the right talent to arise, there’s a problem. Then one day the whole branch structure will crumble. But it’s perfect, until then.

 2. Shah Rukh Khan

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He began his career from a TV show to reach dizzying heights one day when it came to the kind of success he had enjoyed. Repeatedly, the actor mentioned that he owes everything to the small screen. Before taking a leap to Bollywood, he later worked on shows like Circus, Idiot, Umeed and Wagle Ki Duniya. Shah Rukh Khan even said in an interview with India TV that if his films cease to work, he would like to return to the small screen.

3. Irrfan Khan

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Late actor Irrfan Khan, considered a precious jewel in Indian film history, had also faced struggle before making it big. He made a breakthrough with Haasil (2003) after several shows, art-house films and years of constant struggle in Mumbai, where he played a negative role. The success story of Irrfan will be an everlasting testimony to how important Bollywood can be for such talent.

4. Vidya Balan 

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Vidya Balan was an ‘outsider,’ without any formal schooling. Vidya Balan carved a niche with her acting talents, from playing a dorky character in Hum Paanch to finally becoming one of India’s most sophisticated actresses. Opposite to Mohanlal, Vidya was offered a Malayalam film that led to 12 more films going down South. The movie stalled not much later but Balan has managed to prove her mettle as an actor given the odds.

5. Akshay Kumar 

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We are all conscious that Akshay used to be a chef and waiter in a Thailand hotel. He didn’t even have Rs 200 in his wallet when he began his voyage. His resume, which includes over 130 films in a career that spans nearly three decades, showed that filmmakers will only cast him into action roles during his initial days in Bollywood. In the 1990s, Akshay Kumar headlined movies like Main Khiladi Tu Anari, Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi, Elaan, Barood, Sabse Bada Khiladi and others in acts.

6. Kangana Ranaut

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When she was just 16, Kangana Ranaut left home and landed in Delhi where she had enrolled in the Elite Modeling Agency. The agency sent her to Mumbai after some time for an audition of an advertisement but left her hanging. An agent took her to the Bhatt office for a role in Gangster, for which Anurag Basu first rejected her and later took her in. As they say, the rest is history.

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