After the death of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput, Nepotism is one of the most heard word amidst lockdown. Kangana Ranaut gave a whole new turn to the debate by exposing group-ism, camp-ism, lobby culture in film industry. A lot of people have since then opened up on their struggle in the industry and the infamous nepotism debate. Actress Urmila Matondkar who grabbed headlines when she slammed Kangana Ranaut for her remark on Mumbai and the drug bust opened up on her ordeal when she was a newcomer in the industry.
Urmila Matondkar began her acting journey at a very young age. On the nepotism debate, the actress said that she had never denied the existence of nepotism in the industry and struggled a lot after her first film. While talking to Barkha Dutta, the Daud actress said, “his word called ‘nepotism’, if I start talking about it, I will have to talk for quite a few hours. The amount of it that I have faced, in spite of being from Mumbai, was quite alarming, to say the least. There was some 16-17 new girls who were introduced that year and out of them, some eight or nine of them were somebody or the other’s daughters. I will tell you a few of them – Raveena Tandon, Karisma Kapoor, Pooja Bhatt, Kajol, lots of them.”
She opened up on the time when she was written off for everything that she did. “After my first film, I made a decent name for myself as a good dancer and a decent actor, and yet, I struggled tremendously. By the time I was doing Rangeela, I was written off like no other actor in the history of cinema. ‘She makes faces’, ‘her language’…everything,” Urmila added. She also spoke about how she was written off in magazines as there was no social media back then. The actress also opened up on how she was not nominated for her performances in the film.