2 years ago the death of Sushant Singh Rajput shocked the nation. It is still a mystery whether he committed suicide or was murdered or was forced to take the action, but his diehard fans still believe that it was Bollywood’s nepotism and favouritism that killed a young and talented outsider like SSR.
While the Kedarnath actor’s voice was left unheard and his pain went unnoticed when he was alive, post his death there has been some massive change in Bollywood and with the way, fans now look up to the superstars or the star kids.
Fans pushed down stars from their pedestals
Until the death of SSR Bollywood stars were worshipped blindly with fans engaging in a war of words for their favourite superstars. They were not ready to hear a word against their stars. However, this seems to have changed as the audience now does not trust these superstars blindly and is ever ready to troll any of the so-called superstars if they are found to be doing something wrong.
The recent example of Akshay Kumar being slammed for doing a Gutka ad after promoting clean eating and fitness or Alia Bhatt getting brutally trolled for endorsing sugary stuff like Cornetto and cookies and saying on The Kapil Sharma Show that she never eats sugar indicates that the fans are ready to question the superstars and are never going to believe them blindly.
Nepotism and star kids got a major setback
Nepotism has been a part of Bollywood for a long time and it is an established fact that to promote star kids many times even mediocre or average talent also received an entry into the Hindi cinema. Death of Sushant Singh Rajput for the first time brought this topic to the fore with netizens discussing and even slamming/trolling star kids for getting opportunities without any talent.
They made sure that movies of star kids like Alia (Sadak 2), Janhvi Kapoor (Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl), and many others that were released on OTT received bad reviews and performed very badly. Today eyebrows are raised if a star kid makes an entry. Be it, Aryan Khan who was under arrest a few months ago in drug controversy, or Siddhant Kapoor, son of Shakti Kapoor who has been detained in Bangalore for allegedly consuming drugs, fans rip apart the star kids if they are found guilty.
Outsiders are getting support
Another good thing that happened in Bollywood is now the outsiders, who do not have any godfathers also getting support both from some talented Bollywood directors and production houses and the audience. The new budding actors nowadays do not have to wait for big people like Karan Johar, or Sajid Nadiadwala for giving them an opportunity.
There is a group of directors and producers who are ready to support talent from outside the industry. Even fans are supporting such actors and hence when Kartik Aaryan was dropped by Karan Johar from Dostana 2, Koki got all the support from the public which sadly was nowhere when Sush was going through the same phase.