Kangana Ranaut writes an open letter on Nepotism and ‘royally’ takes Saif Ali Khan’s case – Kangana Ranaut HITS BACK at Saif’s (mis)understanding about nepotism; asks how can you compare genetically hybrid racehorses to artistes?
Frankly we have all grown tired of this nepotism debate. The working class has already lost track of who said what and when. But clearly Kangana Ranaut is not in a mood to let go off this debate so soon. After all she is the one who started it so it only makes sense for her to react to celebrities (mis)understanding of the subject. Recently, Saif Ali Khan wrote an open letter and tried to explain how we are all caught in a viscous cycle and why it’s wrong to point fingers at just a few. Today, the sass queen replied to him on Mid Day.
Here are a few excerpts from her letter –
#Kangana insists that it’s not a war but just a healthy exchange of ideas
“This morning, I woke up to one such open letter (circulating online), written by Saif Ali Khan. The last time I was deeply pained and upset about this issue was when Mr Karan Johar wrote a blog on it, and even once declared in an interview that there are many criteria for excelling in film business. Talent is not one of them…My dear friend Saif has written a letter on this topic and I would like to share my perspective. My request is that people must not misconstrue this and pit us against each other. This is just a healthy exchange of ideas, and not a clash between individuals. Saif, in your letter you mentioned that, “I apologised to Kangana, and I don’t owe anyone any explanation, and this issue is over.” But this is not my issue alone.
#Nepotism fails the test of objectivity and rationale, says Kangana
Nepotism is a practice where people tend to act upon temperamental human emotions, rather than intellectual tendencies…Nepotism, on many levels, fails the test of objectivity and rationale. I have acquired these values from the ones who have found great success and discovered a higher truth, much before me. These values are in the public domain, and no one has a copyright on them.”
#As per Saif’s ‘genetics’ rule, Kangana should have been a farmer
“In another part of your letter, you talked about the relationship between genetics and star kids, where you emphasised on nepotism being an investment on tried and tested genes. I have spent a significant part of my life studying genetics. But, I fail to understand how you can compare genetically hybrid racehorses to artistes!
Are you implying that artistic skills, hard-work, experience, concentration spans, enthusiasm, eagerness, discipline and love, can be inherited through family genes? If your point was true, I would be a farmer back home. I wonder which gene from my gene-pool gave me the keenness to observe my environment, and the dedication to interpret and pursue my interests.”
#Excellence cannot to be passed on to your children through DNA
“You also spoke of eugenics — which means controlled breeding of the human race. So far, I believe that the human race hasn’t found the DNA that can pass on greatness and excellence. If it had, we would’ve loved to repeat the greatness of Einstein, Da Vinci, Shakespeare, Vivekananda, Stephen Hawking, Terence Tao, Daniel Day-Lewis, or Gerhard Richter.”
#Nepotism is merely a weakness of the human nature; Don’t blame media for it
“You also said that the media is to be blamed, since it is the real flag-bearer of nepotism. That makes it sound like a crime, which is far from the truth. Nepotism is merely a weakness of the human nature; it takes great deal of will-power and strength to rise above our intrinsic nature — sometimes we excel, sometimes we don’t. No one is putting a gun to anyone’s head to hire talent they don’t believe in. So, there is no need to get defensive about one’s choices.”
“You are absolutely right — there is a lot of excitement and admiration for the lives of the rich and famous. But at the same time, our creative industry gets this love from our countrymen, because we are like a mirror to them — whether it’s Langda Tyagi from Omkara, or Rani from Queen, we are loved for the extraordinary portrayal of the ordinary.”
#Bullying, jealousy, nepotism and territorial human tendencies are all part of the entertainment industry
“In fact, the subtext of all my talk on this subject has been to encourage outsiders to take the path less travelled. Bullying, jealousy, nepotism and territorial human tendencies are all part of the entertainment industry, much like any other. If you don’t find acceptance in the mainstream, go off beat — there are so many ways of doing the same thing.