"the children from film lineage have natural immunity"
Celina Jaitly weighed in on the nepotism debate and said that Bollywood star kids have “natural immunity” to sexual harassment within the industry.
In an interview, the actress opened up on her views as well as her Bollywood journey and obstacles she faced.
Since the tragic death of Sushant Singh Rajput, the topic of nepotism has been a prevalent point of discussion, with many saying that there is a preference for children of Bollywood actors over outsiders when it comes to being in films.
Celina gave her opinion on the topic. She told the Times of India:
“In my humble opinion, ‘nepotism’ is not bad, if there is a successful transition from one generation to another, which merits talent, but when it does not merit talent and blocks the entry of new talent then there is a big problem.
“Well, nepotism is present in each and every sector in our country, right from politics to the entertainment industry to even business.
“Despotism favours the despot, nepotism favours the despot’s genes.
“One of the main things that I would like to point towards is that the children from film lineage have natural immunity from the sexual harassment that exists in Bollywood, other than that everyone has to work hard, some have to work harder than others.”
Celina also spoke about her Bollywood journey after venturing into the industry after winning Miss India in 2001.
“I feel very blessed to have had this opportunity.
“To be a Femina Miss India, to be a Ms Universe Runners up and have a blessed ongoing stint in the Indian film industry is remarkable.
“This journey has definitely had its highs and lows but that’s what life is all about.”
On the obstacles she faced, Celina recalled:
“I came into films also at a very young age and learning the ropes was not easy, so by the time I did feel I have grown and evolved, I realised that my chance to prove myself would cost higher than I had ever imagined.
“While having been the leading lady of some of the biggest blockbusters, I felt that my true due as an actor came only recently with my new critically acclaimed film, Seasons Greetings by Ramkamal Mukherjee which is doing very well in international film festivals across the world.”
While many actors look back on their careers to see what they could have changed, Celina revealed that she does not dwell on the past.
“There is nothing that can be done to undo the past in any way… ever… so I never look back.
“I truly believe in looking forward, for the future holds more promises of all opportunities that one needs to grow to their maximum potential as human beings.”
Celina is best known for her roles in the comedy films Tom, Dick and Harry, and No Entry.
She was seen in the Zee5 short film Season’s Greetings, which has received positive reviews.