MUMBAI: Bollywood actors Anu Aggarwal and Manoj Bajpayee lend their voice to the ongoing debate surrounding nepotism in the industry and lack of opportunities for the outsiders.
Anu Aggarwal, who shot to fame with the hit film 'Aashiqui', said that she was once deducted from best actress category to best-supporting actress category in a awards show despite playing the lead role in a film because she had no star parents.
She was told that the award show organisers asked if she has any star parents who work in Bollywood.
She added that her film 'Aashiqui's success also forced her to face jealous people who tried to isolate her.
Actor Manoj Bajpayee had spoken about nepotism on multiple occasions. Speaking to the media, 'Aligarh' actor said that there are many wasted talents who would have made it big in any other country or industry because of the preference given to star kids.
He added that because of the mediocrity Bollywood films have displayed for two decades, the nation started celebrating mediocrity.
The debates surrounding nepotism became intense after Sushant Singh Rajput's suicide were several sections alleged that he was denied opportunities and was shunned by Bollywood.