Thank you FilmiKudhi for the idea! I suspect/hope this will turn into a heated discussion simply because when we have had similar debates in the comments, it has always gotten heated. So, prepare to battle!
A common terminology in Hindi film coverage is “insider” versus “outsider”. As in, “Shahrukh made it as an outsider” or “Ananya Panday only got her role because she is an insider”.
The problem with this is, between the two extremes, there is the “outsider insider”. That would be Ranveer Singh, who has no close industry connections but is distantly related to film industry people and (more importantly I think) grew up in Bandra where the film community is centered and went to school and parties with all the movers and shakers. I don’t want to say he made it as an “outsider”, because it wasn’t like he was struggling to get those first auditions. But I also don’t want to say he made it as an “insider” because it wasn’t like his family produced his launch movie for him.
So, I have three categories! Insider Insider, Outside Insider, and Outside Outsider.
I’m gonna start by throwing some names out for each category, you can disagree with them, bring up more names for your categories in the comments, ask me what I would do with other people, ask me who some of these people are because you have never heard of them, or however you want to leap off from this:
Inside Insider (not to say some of these haven’t earned their spot with talent and hardwork, but they were definitely born and raised on film sets)
Aditya Roy Kapoor
Saif Ali Khan
Outside Insider (not born and raised on film sets, but born and raised close to people who were born and raised on film sets)
Outside Outsider (may have been raised rich or at least upper middle class, may have loads of social power, but truly no film connections before they started)
And some fun ones for you to puzzle over where to put them:
Katrina Kaif: not born into a film family, or even close to a film family, for sure. But dating Salman at the time she was cast in her first film. Inside Insider, Outside Insider, or Outside Outsider?
Karisma Kapoor: Born into a super film family, but thrown out of the house and given no support at the time she started acting. Inside Insider, Outside Insider, or Outside Outsider?
Dulquer Salmaan: Born into the most powerful family in Malayalam cinema, but does that make him an Inside Insider, an Outside Insider, or an Outside Outsider in Hindi cinema?