Actress Zareen Khan calls out nepotism in Bollywood


Zareen Khan, best known for debuting opposite Salman Khan in the movie ‘Veer’ has completed 12 years in the industry.

The years haven’t been kind to her though. Despite getting to debut with a superstar like Salman Khan Zareen Khan failed to make a foothold in the industry.

She was also the victim of trolling as many dubbed her as another ‘version’ of Katrina Kaif. In the past, post his break-up with Aishwarya Rai, Salman Khan had starred in a movie (‘Lucky – No Time for Love’) with a newbie called Sneha Ullal who looked a lot like Aishwarya Rai.

Likewise, Zareen Khan’s debut with Salman Khan, Veer released in 2010. And only the year before, Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif ended their relationship. Unfortunately for Zareen her minor likeness to Katrina Kaif did not help her career.

She was also shameless trolled for her weight, an issue that actors and actresses are still battling in Bollywood even today.

In a recent interview with Hindustan Times, the actress said that while people were quick to point out her flaws, no one really gave her the platform to showcase her potential. When she was asked why she hasn’t done as many movies, she said, “There are too many factors. First of all, the most important thing to be a part of this industry is to be very social, attend all the parties and connecting to people. Somehow in the beginning of my career, I didn’t know how to network and being seen at these parties is so important for your job.”

It was another disfavor for Zareen that she did not come from a film background so she had no social contacts in the film industry growing up.

She further said, “The major trend right now is that everybody is everybody’s friend and they are working with their friends. How will people like me get work if people keep recommending their friends in Bollywood?”

It was a major call-out to the nepotism culture of Bollywood. While there is a lot of new talent coming in these days, especially actors who are mainstays despite not being associated with anyone from the film industry, there is a general acceptance of the fact that if a person has grown up in the film circuit, then their chances of getting in and making it big is certainly easier.

Zareen Khan is the latest to talk about nepotism in Bollywood. She was last seen in ‘Hum Bhi Akele, Tum Bhi Akele’ a romance drama that released on Disney+ Hotstar in 2019.


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