This Article is From Jul 17, 2020

"Find Me A Better Actor Than Alia Bhatt Or Ranbir Kapoor," Said R Balki. So People Did

"It's unfair on these few people who're probably some of the finest actors," said R Balki

'Find Me A Better Actor Than Alia Bhatt Or Ranbir Kapoor,' Said R Balki. So People Did

Alia Bhatt and Ranbir Kapoor at an event in Mumbai.


  • "Do star kids have an unfair or bigger advantage," asked R Balki
  • "Yes, there are pros and cons," said R Balki
  • Filmmaker Shekhar Kapur reacted to R Balki's tweet
New Delhi:

Filmmaker R Balki, on Friday evening, became the centre of attention after he contributed to the ongoing nepotism debate in Bollywood. Mr Balki, in an interview with Hindustan Times, said that star kids do have "an unfair advantage" as compared to outsiders. Citing the examples of Alia Bhatt (daughter of filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt and actress Soni Razdan) and Ranbir Kapoor (son of late actor Rishi Kapoor and actress Neetu Kapoor, and grandson of the legendary Raj Kapoor), Mr Balki said, "The question is do they (star kids) have an unfair or bigger advantage? Yes, there are pros and cons. But I'd ask one simple question: Find me a better actor than Alia Bhatt or Ranbir Kapoor, and we'll argue." The PadMan director added, "It's unfair on these few people who're probably some of the finest actors."

Shekhar Kapur, who is known for directing iconic films like Mr India and Bandit Queen, among others, had a different school of thought than his fellow filmmaker and he expressed it in the nicest way possible. "Have huge respect for you, Balki. But I just saw Kai Po Che! again last night. Three new young actors at that time and stunning believable performances by each," he tweeted. The 2013 film, directed by Abhishek Kapoor starred Rajkummar Rao, Amit Sadh and late actor Sushant Singh Rajput (in his Bollywood debut).

In a separate tweet, Shekhar Kapur shared an extensive list of some of the finest actors from Bollywood as well as Hollywood that he has worked with. He wrote:"Best actors today are coming from theatre. There's new found respect for them and confidence. I've worked with Naseer, Shabana,Satish Kaushik, Seema Biswas and entire cast of Bandit Queen, Cate Blanchett, Geoffrey Rush, Heath Ledger, Daniel Craig and Eddy Redmayne. All are from theatre."

"Ranbir < Rajkummar, Vikrant, Vicky, Alia < Bhumi, Radhika (both), Tripti, Swara, Richa and list can go on," added a Twitter user.

Here's what another Twitter user wrote:

The nepotism debate first began a few years ago when actress Kangana Ranaut called out Karan Johar as the "flagbearer of nepotism" in Bollywood on his show Koffee With Karan. Recently, actor Sushant Singh Rajput's death on June 14, triggered social media, which erupted in anger over the existence of nepotism and favouritism that Bollywood has frequently been accused of. Since then, several actors including Vivek Oberoi, Raveena Tandon, Sushmita Sen, Abhay Deol have spoken about the existing favouritism in the industry.