Nepali celebs voice against nepotism prevalent in film industry
17 Jun, 2020
By A Staff Reporter
Kathmandu, June 17: After the shocking demise of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput, issue of nepotism has once again come to the fore in the Nepali film industry. In Bollywood, actress Kangana Ranaut has been openly challenging to the filmmakers for promoting nepotism in the industry. In Sushant's death, she had accused of a systematic murder because he was not acknowledged by the Bollywood filmdom. This is why he felt left over due to nepotism and favouritism that is why he committed suicide, said Kangana on her social media video. Actors in Nepal have also started raising their voices on the issues like nepotism, groupism and the comparison practice prevalent in the Nepali film industry too. Recently, Nepali actress Barsha Siwakoti expressed her views on favouritism which she said she and others were facing in the Nepali film industry. By posting her view on social media, she wrote, “Nepotism is everywhere not just the film industry. The difference is that the film industry is open. Only a few persons have the courage to speak the truth. Many people think that such a thing affects their career and that there may lose job.” However, nepotism alone has not caused the disorder in the film industry. Here, groupism, love affairs, comparisons, unnecessary bounding between reporters, youtubers and actors, these things have created negativity, added Barsha. She said that she was the victim of the unnecessary comparison. She wrote, “No matter how well I do, questions arise. No one knows how many places I am suffering from because of these things.” She wrote, “Sometimes ago, I was depressed. In Nepali film industry, even on the basis of instagram and facebook followers, people evaluate the work. The more followers someone has, the more approach they get for work.” According to her, the one who gets a lot of interviews on youtube is called a hit artiste. While saying star kid, you have evaluated their work and it is up to you to decide who is weak and who great, added Barsha. She further wrote, “How long will nepotism last? At the end, we all know the importance of an artiste who does a good job.” “If you do something, do it with full effort, faith and dedication, no matter where you are.” Likewise, another actress Namrata Sapkota also claimed that there were many from Nepali film industry as well who supported to their close ones. “I don't say why we have to talk about Bollywood, but there are many such examples in our film industry,” she said in a video on social networking site Facebook. “There is a tendency to support close ones more than art.” She added that they announced that an artiste was needed, but in the end they picked their own children, nieces and nephews to do the work. She also claimed that rumours were circulating that a father was making a film and his son was drawing the highest amount of remuneration for doing his father’s film! Narmara further said, “Nothing happens here that I have worked hard. Whoever has a good grip, even if their acting is zero, whoever can give business can get a job here. The real artiste has no work here. No one counts the real artiste here. I may think it's wrong to be an artiste, but not only me, but many have felt the same way.” She also raised a question that what they could do when 50-60 per cent of filmmakers valued their close ones, which forced other actors to suffer depression. The Nepali film industry is small, but these days, many artistes have been gradually raising their voices over the issues like depression, mental health and the nepotism prevalent in the Nepali filmdom.