New Youtube Video! Nepotism, Aayush Sharma, Salman Khan, and Karan Johar

Aayush Sharma inspired me!  Kind of a rambling thing, but I hadn’t posted in awhile and I felt like I should throw something up there.  Oh, and part of it calls back to this post on nepotism as a whole, and this post on the recent Aayush Sharma news.

Here’s the video, enjoy!

 

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20 thoughts on “New Youtube Video! Nepotism, Aayush Sharma, Salman Khan, and Karan Johar

  1. Kangana made nepotism a dirtier word than it is really. At least in Bollywood. Which is all kind sof ironic considering she’s employed her own sister as her manager instead of giving someone else better qualified a chance. LOL

    Oh did you get a chance to look at that link I sent you on FB? I forgot to mention it had a part where Kangana apparently alludes to a disorder she has!

    Anywho, back to your video- well I had to google this guy. He really isn’t that good looking. He’s just OK. We haven’t had any witty quotes from him since he married Arpita either so not sure if there’s a big personality there to justify a launch.

    I liked how you talked about the pros and cons of nepotism in Indian film and i think one reason you might have missed out on is “settling the kid”. I don’t know what’s the cultural equivalent of this elsewhere but here if you have kids who hasn’t “settled” on their own, parents or other family members help do that. Usually, they’re given a business to run. The most common are Petrol Pumps, LPG retail (what I do. It was for my brother actually), a franchise store, or if you’re related to films- a film.

    The idea is to give them a source of earning of their own. It’s basically set up by the family, run by a manager and the kid can be as involved as they want. The family would no longer have to support them financially and over time they would hopefully grow into the whole idea of being responsible for their own finances. It’s basically the Indian idea of marriage only it’s about money.

    Most of the star kids and star relatives that get “launched” fail because of this one reason- they’re thrown into films because they have to earn a living and this is the family business. The ones that make an effort and have the fire, survive. The ones that don’t end up like Kumar Gaurav.

    With Aayush, it soooo seems like a ‘settle the kid’ thing. With the kind of connections this guy has thanks to who he married, he should have been able to land a bunch of small, story oriented films easy. I’m not sure he wants to be an actor though. Launches are for “stars” not actors.

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    • LPG–liquid petroleum gas? I worked for a little family-owned gas company in Ohio–summers through high school and college, and full time for a few years after college. This was in the 90s. 🙂 Would be so interesting to compare notes.

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        • The company I worked for were in rural Ohio. The company still exists but has been bought out multiple times by big conglomerates since the 2000’s. They bought in bulk on the open market–they had 2 30,000 gallon tanks (if I’m remembering right) at the main plant, and several other storage tanks around the area. Sold for home use (heating, cooking, hot water), farm use (grain dryers, barn heating), and industrial use (bottle gas of various sizes for factories, little 20 lb cylinders for sale at grocery stores and gas stations).

          I did lots of jobs for them, office and field. Was great training in customer service.

          Now working in public health/nutrition, I’m so interested in access to LPG cookers as a way to reduce indoor pollution and deforestation. Do you think that’s feasible in India from a market perspective? Who are your main clients?

          (Sorry Margaret to go off topic–just funny how it’s a small world.)

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          • Oh! I can link it to nepotism! My mom worked there–that’s how I first started working for them. The owners wrote my recommendation letters for college, then for my first job in my current field! 🙂

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          • I was trying to think of an example of someone I know who was “settled” by their family like Asmita described, and I couldn’t, but I know so many people who had this kind of story. The first job was for the company their parents worked for, that got them the experience for their resume and references and so on for other things. So that “first chance” still kind of came through family connections.

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          • The public company I have a licence from handles the bottling part. All I have to do I handle the consumer end of it. We have a warehouse outside of town. I put funds in my company account and the company releases product and delivers it to my warehouse. From there, I have my own vehicles ferry it to town and from there it is delivered to consumers’ homes. We have 5 kg and 14 kg bottles for domestic consumers and 19 kg-47 kg bottles for industrial use. Very few areas have piped gas so far so retailers like me are primary suppliers of LPG. it’s a segment wrought with corruption and malpractices. I have to go out of my way to maintain ethical practices for which I get called “not business minded enough” by company officers and fellow retailers. 😁

            In terms of consumer service, I’ve found it very rewarding. Something as miniscule as answering a consumer’s query over the phone nicely is extraordinary for this segment so when we do that at my retailership people are surprised and delighted. A couple of years ago, a very old lady who got her gas from a neighboring agency (under suspension at the time for supplying tampered with and underweight bottles) couldn’t believe we spoke to her so nicely and helped her out that she blew me kisses and gave me blessings!!

            It’s a segment where people get treated very badly at retailerships. Being a publicly owned company, complaining to them doesn’t help the consumer either.

            Though interacting with consumers is the best part (I don’t mind the money either), we also get forced to have government schemes implemented on the ground which sucks.

            As for the environment, whatever we’re saving with LPG gets negated by the fact that it gets transported through diesel trucks. But it has definitely helped make indoor air cleaner.

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          • Sounds like a pretty interesting gig–new challenges all the time! The motto of the place where I worked was “the customer is always right”, and we did indeed take business from competitors by simply listening and being polite even when we couldn’t do whatever the customer wanted. Those were earlier and nicer times though. My sister is a manager at a department store in the Midwest now, and it’s pretty much a nightmare. Really aggressive customers.

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    • Thank you! that is something I’ve been trying to articulate and not doing a very good job of it. Film is getting a lot of grief because it is so visible to everyone, but it seems like the same thing happens in every industry everywhere, it’s just that no one has an opinion if it is happening in some boring industry. Heck, the “values” in the films even promote it, if you watch a Rajshri film no one is saying “wait, why does the hero get to run the big project for his father’s family? Why aren’t they looking for someone more qualified?”

      Rangoli as Kangana’s manager (which she is clearly unqualified for considering the mess that is happening) reminds me of another thing. Most often the “nepotism” seems to happen off screen. But the media and public doesn’t care about someone’s brother-in-law getting a job at the distributors, or as an AD, or whatever. It’s only when it comes on screen that suddenly everyone feels like they are qualified to judge. Which goes back to one of the things Karan kept trying to say about Dharma films and no one listened. Off screen, it is the company with the best record for taking in and mentoring outsiders. But everyone just pays attention to the onscreen talent, like the off screen hiring practices don’t even count.

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      • Considering how Katty KJo and Saif were to her and how immature their response to this thing was, it seems more like a personal feud between them than any of them voicing the concerns of the industry as a whole. Plus, Kangana might have a disorder for which she may be seeking help. KJo and Saif don’t have that excuse. And their behaviour is more the problem with nepotism than actual nepotism which provides employment to many not just the star relative. If Kangana meant certain people like Saif can remain in the industry because of their name without delivering hits then she was absolutely right.

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        • Yeah, it gets back to what I was saying in the video, first chance is fine, I don’t care, but nepotism gives you that second and third chance that you really don’t deserve. If Saif weren’t who he was, he would have settled back to playing character roles years ago, instead of still being a hero and running his own production studio. He’s got loads of talent and smarts and all of that, absolutely deserves a place in the industry, but maybe not a place this high at this time.

          On Tue, Oct 24, 2017 at 7:57 AM, dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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          • And Kareena would be someone who got that first chance from her name but then more than earned everything else that came after.

            And heck, if 5 years from now Saif’s full time job is being Kareena’s arm candy, I would be fine with that. She needs a nice looking man on her arm.

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  2. Karan, Saif and Varun reaction after nepotism scandal only cast light how cluless, inmature and closed in their own bubble they are. I couldn’t belive when I read what they have said. And I lost all respect I had for them (not that it was big but still).

    Nepotism is a very big problem here in Italy, especialy in politics. You can be a minister of the country only because you’re somebody’s daughter or girlfriend, so imagine what is happening in less important fields / city / state levels.

    I’m wondering now if Kanagana hiring her sister is the case of nepotism or not. I mean she pays Rangoli with her own money, if something goes wrong is Kanagana who will pay the price.

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    • But then that is the same argument that you could make about the film industry as a whole. Not an argument that was articulated well by anyone, but if you are someone like Rakesh Roshan launching his son in his own film that he is producing and funding himself, then it is the same thing, it’s his money and he can do what he wants with it, and if it fails, he is the one that will suffer.

      Most studios in India are still privately owned, so the decision to hire a relative isn’t using someone else’s money, it’s using your own family money at your family company. Which doesn’t mean nepotism isn’t a problem, but it is a little different from a publically traded company where you are funneling opportunities and money from somewhere else to your family. The one I have the hardest time with is Aditya Roy Kapoor and Siddharth Roy Kapoor. Because Siddharth was running UTV for Disney, and he used that power to promote his brother.

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      • Yes, I agree. And it was too the only thing I agreed with in Karan’s article he wrote after nepotism scandal – studios can hire who they want, and I can’t chose not to watch it if I don’t want (and in fact my list with actors to avoid becomes always longer and longer)

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