Filmmaker Vikram Bhatt, defending actors Alia Bhatt and Ranbir Kapoor, has said that they have succeeded on the basis of their talents. He said that it is because the fans that they succeeded as stars, and not that they were granted special treatment by the industry. Vikram commented on the ongoing debate regarding nepotism, and recently also gave his opinion on the controversy over drugs in the film industry.
In an interview, the filmmaker said, "They would never have become stars if the audience had not appreciated the performances of Alia Bhatt and Ranbir Kapoor." The audience is responsible for making them stars and not their fathers. There were several actors, directors who got a chance from their families, but their work was not liked and rejected by the audience. I think nepotism is a nonsense discussion that, like many other nonsense discussions, has been going on for quite a while now.
Providing the example of the recent film Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas, which was a launch vehicle for Sunny Deol 's son Karan, Vikram said, “If a father could have made his son a star, then Sunny Deol 's son Karan Deol's first film Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas wouldn't have been a flop. When the film didn't do well, what did Sunny Deol do?
The filmmaker had previously said he had heard of Bollywood parties where drugs are served on platters. However, he said he had never personally witnessed such activities. "I was never at a party where someone took drugs. I have been to major parties. Someone once told me that different kinds of drugs are offered in trays at some parties. The guests then pick up their drug of choice. I've never seen such a thing in the games I've been to, though,' he told NBT.
His comments came after the suggestion by Kangana Ranaut that 99 percent of the film industry was exposed to drugs. The Narcotics Control Bureau appears to be intensifying its focus this week on drug consumption in the film industry, and has summoned individuals allegedly linked to drug procurement.