Kangana’s response on the reaction on the debate nepotism, “If you’re talking about nepotism, it’s not an objection, it’s an observation. I as an individual, it is my prerogative to leave my footsteps behind for the ones who will follow me. It is important they know where I fell, where I walked, stayed and ran. It’s important for me to talk about my own experiences not to say that people shouldn’t do what they like to do but what is relevant should be relevant.
Not because someone doesn’t speak English, or has sweat patches because they have come in a rickshaw for audition or someone is sharing an apartment with 10 people in an ‘uncool’ location. They shouldn’t be shamed for that. The doors shouldn’t be shut on their faces because of that.
The fact that today in the industry we have a lot more democratic environment is also because of people like us who have been working at it. I see newcomers easily say ‘I can’t talk in English I will only talk in hindi.’ It’s because we have made it appear cool. We are going to make outsiders feel and appear cool.
That is my prerogative as an individual. If I don’t do that then what is the purpose of my journey?
This is a healthy talk. What Bhatt sahab said was his perspective.
“What is an outsider? We are all working to make cinema. Anyone working for some other intention is an outsider. So, (in that sense) I don’t consider myself an outsider. Whoever comes from an unconventional background, they should work towards it and not call themselves ‘oh we have been lucky enough that we didn’t face any discrimination or we are the chosen one, the industry has accepted us with open arms.’
“No. Because people like us have been working on it. If today people are working with actresses who come from indie background, or so called ‘niche art background’, it’s because we have made it mainstream today. We can say a film like ‘Queen’ is mainstream because people worked at it. We should all work it and not point fingers and make it sound like a fight but to make the society more democratic for everyone.”