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10 Aug 2018

Nepotism debate: Ekta Kapoor says outsiders should be given chance

Ekta Kapoor and Ayesha Shroff debate on nepotism

Producer Ekta Kapoor has become the latest celebrity to join the nepotism debate, saying not only star kids but outsiders should also be a given a chance in the industry.

Ekta, who is launching two new actors, Avinash Tiwary and Tripti Dimri, in her upcoming production 'Laila Majnu', talks about how she faced challenges to market her film with new faces.

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Ekta Kapoor and Ayesha Shroff debate on nepotism
Not a sin to have a star father: Ayesha Shroff

Star father

Not a sin to have a star father: Ayesha Shroff

In an Instagram post, Ekta once again talked about hiring "unknown talents who have no film legacy or star fathers or godfathers."

Ayesha, whose son Tiger made his Bollywood with 'Heropanti' in 2014, shot back at Ekta, commenting, "It's not a sin to have a star father my dear! Hard work and talent is the same no matter what caste, creed or lineage!"

Producer's dilemna

Ekta says its tough to sell films with newcomers

Ekta Kapoor, who is the daughter of veteran actor Jeetendra, argued that as a producer it is hard to make a film featuring outsiders.

"Not at all, ma'am! I have one (star father), but you have to admit for a producer to sell market and turn around a film with newcomers is far tougher with no lineage attached!" Ekta replied to Ayesha's comment.

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I don't do it, says Ekta on nepotism

No nepotism

I don't do it, says Ekta on nepotism

Ekta also commented, "This is no slight to any starkid least of all Tiger who is FANTASTIC! But a request to give other kids a chance too."

When asked about nepotism, she said, "I don't do it. I don't agree that it's only film industry's problem because there is a whole world around it."

Ekta was speaking at the trailer launch of 'Laila Majnu'.

Nepotism row

It was Kangana who shed light on nepotism in Bollywood

The unending debate on nepotism began last year after actor Kangana Ranaut called Karan Johar "flagbearer of nepotism" in a Koffee with Karan episode.

Kangana's bold comment sparked controversy in the film industry with many actors condemning her words.

It reached to an extent where Saif Ali Khan, Karan Johar, and Varun Dhawan shouted "Nepotism Rocks" at IIFA award show in New York.

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