7 Talented Actresses Who Struggled A Lot Because Of Nepotism

The tragic and untimely death of Sushant Singh Rajput has once again re-ignited the debate on nepotism in Bollywood. In the wake of his death, many actors have opened up about how outsiders are treated in the Bollywood industry and how outsiders are often replaced by star kids because of favoritism.

Here, we bring you a list of 7 talented actresses who faced brunt because of nepotism. Have a look:

6. Richa Chadda:

Richa Chadda who has given many impressive performances in movies like Masaan, Fukrey, Sarabjit, and Section 375, is still struggling to play a lead role in a mainstream movie. She was last seen portraying a supporting role in the movie Panga, where she played the role of Kangana Ranaut’s best friend. In one of the interviews, she had said:

“While I had to diligently finish my education, then move to Bombay and start the audition process. Whereas someone born into the industry starts getting groomed in their puberty, trained in their late teens and finally launched in a tailor-made author-backed film, while the rest of us are still finding our bearings and learning the hard way. The industry provides an intense inner-circle-support system to their kith and kin(sic).”

5. Yami Gautam:

After impressing everyone with her stint in the television industry, Yami Gautam made her way in the Bollywood industry, where she proved that she is more than just a pretty face with her spectacular acting in movies like Vicky Donor and Kaabil. However, post these movies, she didn’t get any notable roles to play.

4. Huma Qureshi:

Another outsider, who proved her amazing acting skills and made everyone a fan of her, with her performances in movies like Gangs of Wasseypur, D-Day, Dedh Ishqiya and Badlapur. However, she didn’t get to star in as many movies as she deserved and it has been a long time since she was seen on the big screen. In an interview, she shared her views on nepotism, she had said:

Anybody who says that favoritism doesn’t exist in Bollywood would be lying. There are so many talented people out there who don’t get the same kind of opportunities as star kids do (sic).”

3. Mahie Gill:

Mahie Gill made a solid entry in Bollywood with her spectacular acting in the movie Dev D, for which she received, Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress for her debut film. She played many amazing roles in movies like: Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster, Paan Singh Tomar, Shareek, and Gang Of Ghosts.

2. Surveen Chawla:

Surveen Chawla made everyone a fan of her with her amazing performances in Netflix’s original show Sacred Games and Hate Story 2 movie. While her performances garnered her a lot of appreciation, on the other hand, she also faced the brunt of nepotism as she was replaced by star kids in many movies. In an interview, she had said:

“I was not scared even though I had left TV at the peak of my career. But in the middle of this transition, when I was stepping up, I was thrown back down. For what reason? The question is not of my talent, but about somebody who had better contacts; that’s it. It took me some time to come out of it, but then other things happened, and it instilled confidence back in me (sic).

1.Divya Dutta:

Divya Dutta is one of the finest and most versatile actors of Bollywood. She has also won the prestigious National Award for Best Supporting role in Irada, and several other accolades for her amazing performances in movies like Delhi-6, Veer Zaara, and Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. However, she didn’t get many lead roles.


Written by Unnati Madan

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