- 'I am bored with this discussion on nepotism,' said Vidya
- 'The moment I see the word, I am not interested,' Vidya added
- 'I am seriously bored,' she added
The primary stakeholders in the nepotism debate are actress Kangana Ranaut and director Karan Johar. She called him the 'flag-bearer of nepotism' some months ago, he exacted revenge recently at the IIFA Awards, chanting "Nepotism rocks" with actors Saif Ali Khan and Varun Dhawan. They were promptly criticised for taking an unsubtle jibe at Kangana in her absence - she doesn't attend awards. Varun excused himself soonest with an apologetic tweet; Karan Johar expressed his regret in an interview with NDTV.com; Saif extended the argument by talking airily about 'genetics,' 'eugenics' and 'campism.' Other nepotism deniers in Bollywood include actress Anushka Sharma. Sonam Kapoor helpfully Googled the definition of nepotism and posted it on Twitter (result = trolled). Ranbir Kapoor said that nepotism exists, of course, and he is a product of it. Phew - and those are just the highlights.
Vidya Balan is former model and television actress who crossed over to the big screen with 2005 film Parineeta, co-starring Saif. She is the star of acclaimed movies such as The Dirty Picture and Kahaani. Vidya was speaking at an event for the NGO Heal, which fights sexual abuse of children.