Preity Zinta is back in the movie business with her latest release, Bhaiaji Superhit. The actress is one of those popular faces from the industry who don’t belong to any film background. Amid all the debates and discussion on nepotism going in the Hindi film industry, Preity is of the opinion that nepotism is something that will always exist. In an interview with a news agency, Preity Zinta talked about why she decided to stay away from Bollywood and what the word nepotism means to her.
Talking to PTI, she mentioned that there are superstars in the industry who made it big on their own which shows there’s a place for everyone in the movie business. Preity also revealed that she has always believed hard work supersedes talent. She was quoted by PTI saying, “It is an age-old thing that parents will help their children. Nepotism does exist. But then, there are stars like Shah Rukh Khan, Akshay Kumar, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Deepika Padukone and others who are not from industry and are superstars. There will always be nepotism and you can’t change that but one should never underestimate those who have the hunger to prove themselves in the industry”.
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The actress expressed that she was being offered the same kind of roles and that’s when she decided to quit films and work as an entrepreneur instead. She said, “They thought I was crazy and a part of me was. It was new and so I was excited and nervous. Also, it was my dream to be an entrepreneur”.
Preity is a proud owner of IPL team Kings XI Punjab. The actress got married to American businessman Gene Goodenough in a private Hindu wedding ceremony in Los Angeles on February 29, 2016.
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Recently, actress Sara Ali Khan also shared her views on the existence of nepotism in Bollywood. She mentioned that being the daughter of actors Saif Ali Khan and Amrita Singh, she would never be able to run away from the fact that nepotism does exist but at the same time, she knows the industry eventually shows no mercy on those who aren’t accepted by the audience. Sara said, “I don’t think I can run away from that. It would be hypocritical and wrong for me to say that it doesn’t exist. While star-kids do have easier access into this line, if you’re not good you are going to be ousted”.
The entire conversation around nepotism got importance when actress Kangana Ranaut appeared on Koffee With Karan and accused filmmaker Karan Johar of promoting nepotism in the industry by giving breaks to star-kids in his films.