Actor Mohnish Bahl, son of late veteran actress Nutan, has shared his opinion on nepotism. He said he feels the nepotism debate is ‘superficial’. The actor said that if it was as advantageous as it’s thought to be, he would not have been doing only negative and parallel leads roles, considering his family background. Mohnish also opened up about his daughter, actor Pranutan Bahl and her debut film Notebook. He maintained that Pranutan landed her debut movie through auditions and not by using family connections.
Speaking with a leading daily, Mohnish said, “There is no Mohnish or Nutan ji standing behind you in front of the camera. It is just you. That is why I feel all this debate is superficial. I don’t give it much thought. If you look at it this way, my entire family is the product of nepotism--right from my grandmother Shobhana Samarth to my mother Nutan to Tanuja to Kajol to my cousin brother-in-law Ajay Devgn--it is basically everybody. Where do you stop? Hats off to people who come from non-film backgrounds and make it on their own but there is nothing shameful about being an industry kid too. Eventually, you have to make it on your own.”
The actor added, “Frankly, if nepotism really helped people, I wouldn’t have been playing negatives and parallel leads all my life, considering whose son I am. There are so many other examples of people who have not even gotten as good as me and outsiders who have made it big.”
Talking about Pranutan Bahl, Mohnish shared that his daughter did not even reveal her surname when she was trying to get her debut film. He shared that Pranutan wanted to make it on her own. Also Read: Mohnish Bahl Remembers Mother Nutan On Her Birth Anniversary; Drops A Heartfelt Post
Mohnish Bahl made his debut with the 1983 film Bekaraar. However, the film did not do well. He rose to fame after a negative role in the film Maine Pyaar Kiya. He is also known for his role in the films- Hum Aapke Hain Koun and Hum Saath-Saath Hain.
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