Ananya Panday Gets Endorsements And Magazine Covers After One Flop With KJo! Nepotism Much?
It doesn’t take much for anything in Bollywood to become a ‘thing’, and we use that term quite broadly here. Doesn’t take much for an airport look to become a raging fashion trend, doesn’t take much for a casual comment to become a full-blown allegation, and by the looks of it, doesn’t take much for anyone to become an actor. And while we want to believe that nepotism was all but an unnecessary dig at KJo by the then aggravated Kangana Ranaut, we can’t help but blind ourselves to its very visible predominance in the industry. Case in point – Ananya Panday.
The blue-eyed girl in the industry, Ananya Panday, who got her big break in Karan Johar’s SOTY 2, could be the perfect example for what we are trying to say. Until the movie was released, we were doling out all sorts of benefit-of-doubts for the young actress. For all we know, she could’ve been the next Alia Bhatt. After all, the start was quite the same for her too. But boy, were we wrong.
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I didn’t want to do this. I didn’t feel like I needed to explain myself to anyone, but the rumours that I faked my admission at USC have been doing the rounds for a while now. They've been getting out of hand, and it’s even more unfair and sad that my family and friends have to go through this. As I've stated earlier, I was accepted by Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at USC for a major in Communication in the Spring 2018 semester. But since I was shooting for my first film and the release date later got pushed, I had to request for a deferral (which means postponing my admission) twice – first to Fall 2018 and later to Fall 2019, both of which they gracefully agreed to do. In my case, I could only defer my admission two times so I will not be attending university (for now), since I’ve decided to pursue my career in acting. As for the people who have been trying to pull me down with these accusations, I would like to send you all lots of love, peace and positivity. And would also like to say that even though they’re claiming to be my classmates (nameless and faceless) – I'm sure they aren’t because I’ve grown up with the people I went to school with and they would never do something like that. It's never okay to bully anyone – creating fake conversations, stories and screenshots is very dangerous and can seriously damage people’s lives. So please be loving, positive and kind. ❤ (PS – my father’s real name is Suyash and I blurred out my address for security reasons)
Student Of The Year 2 turned out to be a great flop, no surprise there, but what turned out to be a greater tragedy than that was that it did not have any bearing on the actress bagging big endorsements, magazine covers, TV show appearances and what not in her one-flop-movie-old kitty. Enter –nepotism.
Quite recently her acceptance to USC was also under question by one alleged ‘classmate’, which was swiftly condemned by the actress and her father. And although we still don’t know how much truth there was to any of it, if the fact that it took one appearance on Koffee with Karan and a big budget movie with Dharma to get her to a point that other actors are still struggling to get to is not a blaring horn to the situation, then we don’t know what is.
The actress has time and again admitted to being in a more privileged situation than others. She also stated in the Koffee with Karan episode, “I agree with that section of the people because I haven’t done anything. I don’t deserve to be here.” And we agree. If we looked objectively, there wasn’t much she had done to be invited to the couch, that several take to be an achievement of its own. Don’t get us wrong, the problem here is not coming from a star background, the problem is others in the industry milking the legacy and offering them more than they have worked for. Why they feel the need to make stars out of privileged newcomers, when they are so many more deserving of the fame, is beyond us.
The only thing that is left is probably giving out awards to star kids for just being born, and we are sure even that would get them on a cover and the couch with KJo, who seems to have really grown into the role here. Come to think of it, we kind of understand what Kangana meant when she went all out after him!