Ever since the unfortunate demise of Sushant Singh Rajput on June 14, 2020, the Nepotism Debate exploded in the Bollywood industry once again, with Kangana Ranaut taking the lead this time. The death of Sushant Singh Rajput at a young age of 34 left many people sad and devastated and his family in deep pain. This whole incident brought nightmares to some people of the Bollywood Industry who were known to be flag bearers of nepotism like Karan Johar, Alia Bhatt, Sonam Kapoor, and Salman Khan. This was an eye-opening time for the Indian audience as they came to know their mistake as well. The Indian audience gave more attention to the “Star Kids” rather than the “outsiders”. But it can be seen now that the Indian mainstream audience is willing to change their views and support the outsiders as well. It is only the Indian audience who can make an Actor become a Superstar.
As the COVID-19 pandemic prevented the multiplexes and movie halls to be opened for entertainment purposes, quite a number of movies were set to be released on OTT platforms. The last movie of Sushant Singh Rajput ‘Dil Bechara’ got released on Disney + Hotstar on July 24, 2020, and it became one of the most emotional and loved films of this year. The Nepotism Debate was still on heat and people started showing hate and hostility towards nepotism products like Alia Bhatt, Sonam Kapoor, and many more. The trailer launch of Sadak 2 on August 12, 2020, faced backlash and the wrath of the Indian public and netizens where the video became the 2nd most disliked video on YouTube with a huge amount of 12 Million dislikes. It showed how much the Indian audience started to avoid and hate the Nepotism Stars. Sadak 2 then moved on to make negative records as it got released, and thus it became the lowest-rated movie ever on IMDB with an average rating of 1/10. This was another message from the Indian audience about how much resentment and anger they have towards the Nepotism Products of the Bollywood industry. The death of Sushant Singh Rajput has beome a major reason for the Inidan audience to start watching and encouraging outsiders like Manoj Bajpayee, Pankaj Tripathi, Rajkumar Rao, Ayushman Khurana, and others. The Nepotism Debate will still go on, but hopefully the Indian audience now knows better whom to watch and whom to boycott.