Salman Khan has used the Bigg Boss platform to lash out at those, who accused Bollywood big names of promoting nepotism days after Arnab Goswami said that talent was stifled by the ‘lobby’ in the Hindi film industry. Goswami’s extraordinary attack for big Bollywood names had come in the aftermath of Sushant Singh Rajput’s death.
Salman decided to used his show, Bigg Boss, to indirectly hit out at his critics, who accused the Hindi film industry to promote nepotism. Without mincing words, he said, “If my father does something for me, then will that be counted as nepotism? If I do something for my children, then will that qualify as nepotism? Will I say ‘ok, he’s my child? But let him go to hell.’ Will I give away all my bank balance and property to a neighbour’s child but wouldn’t give them to my own child? Is that possible?”
Giving examples of Sanjay Dutt, Rishi Kapoor and Sunny Deol, Salman asked if Sunil Dutt, Raj Kapoor or Dharmendra were wrong to launch their children, adding that they became big stars due to their own hard work and talent.
Addressing Bigg Boss contestants, Salman said, “When this new word nepotism was coined, even I did not know its meaning brothers. Later I learned the meaning that nepotism is when you give work to your own or push your own.”
Salman said that how many big names had launched their children, but they became bankrupt. “Their children didn’t take off. They lost whatever they had earned in their life. You know why? Because the audience did not want to watch them in future.”
Salman also gave an example of Ajay Devgn, whose father joined the Hindi film industry as a struggler before making a name for himself as an action director. “Ajay Devgn today is one of the biggest stars. Shah Rukh Khan sahab came from Delhi, Akki (Akshay Kumar). They all have survived for 30 years because of their hard work,” Salman added.
Salman lost his cool after contestant Rahul Vaidya accused another contestant, Jaan Kumar, of nepotism because the latter’s father, Kumar Sanu, was a legendary Bollywood singer.
Not too long ago, Arnab Goswami had launched a stunning attack against top Bollywood names including Salman as he ran a relentless campaign on the death of Sushant Singh Rajput. In one of his TV debates on nepotism in Bollywood, Goswami had said, “Kangana has opened up a can of worms. A Bollywood lobby that no one spoke against is seeing voices speak up now…And it’s not about one actor…The rot, if you analyse it, it seems.. runs much deeper. The malaise is much worse.”
He had asked if the ‘Bollywood Lobby, which can also be more appropriately described as a self-serving mafia’ killed talent.
In one of his TV debates, Goswami had slammed Salman for his silence on the death of Sushant Singh Rajput. He had also used disparaging jibes such as ‘senior citizen’ and ‘Bigg Boss of drugs‘ for Salman, prompting the famous actor to take an indirect dig at the TV anchor.