The use of the N-word in Bollywood is largely kept under wraps. Nepotism exists in numerous businesses and professions, not only Bollywood, yet the industry is frequently the centre of controversy, prompting a national uproar.

While many star kids, such as Sara Ali Khan, Ananya Panday, and Janhvi Kapoor, had easy launchpads and multiple opportunities, there are others, such as Uday Chopra, Tanishaa Mukerji, Shamita Shetty, Adhyayan Suman, and Sikander Kher, for whom the bloodline formula did not work out.

Here’s what some Bollywood stars had to say about it.

1. Ananya Panday

“I think it’s easy to get your first film, but keeping it is the difficult part,” she told Hindustan Times. “Talent really speaks at the end of the day.”

2. Alia Bhatt

Alia Bhatt confessed that nepotism exists in the Bollywood industry. She explained that it’s natural for outsiders to feel disheartened if they don’t receive that one chance to display the skill that they deserve.

“I’d always wanted to work in movies, and this was my dream. My kinship with my family has made things simple for me. There is nepotism. It exists in Bollywood, in the corporate world, and during school admissions,” she said at an event, according to PTI.

She told Indian Express in another interview that if she had been on the opposite side, she would have been heartbroken. “I’d be heartbroken if I were on the opposite side.”

3. Emraan Hashmi

Emraan Hashmi claims to be a victim of nepotism. His uncle Mahesh Bhatt introduced him to the world in 2003 with the film Footpath. He claims that if nepotism didn’t exist, he would not have become an actor.

4. Rajkummar Rao

Rajkummar Rao, who has made a name for himself with his diverse performances, previously stated that nepotism forces him to witness non-talented performers.

“Of course, there is favoritism; it exists everywhere, therefore it is good.” “My only problem is when I am forced to see non-talented persons in films due to favoritism. For me, this is a problem.”

“I’d want to see some skill on the television. It makes no difference to me where they come from or whatever family they are a part of.” He told PTI that performers like Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt are “such talented people working in the film industry.”

5. Ayushmann Khurrana

Ayushmann Khurrana, who built a specialized fanbase for himself after years of hardship, remarked that if nepotism didn’t exist, he would have made his debut at the age of 22.

“I made my debut with Vicky Donor when I was 27 years old. It would have been 22 if I had been a celebrity child. I don’t think a five-year gap would have made much of a difference.” In an interview with HuffPost, he said, “I think I was a much more mature actor at 27.”