Rishi Kapoor's 'dynasty' jibe at Rahul Gandhi is incoherent and self-contradictory

On Tuesday, veteran Bollywood actor Rishi Kapoor challenged Rahul Gandhi's defensive remarks. Or that is what he tried to do, at least.

Rahul Gandhi whipped up quite a storm, addressing the students of the University of California, Berkeley on the subject ‘India at 70 — Reflections on the Path Forward’. The Congress vice-president seemed to have been caught off-guard during a Q&A session where he tackled the question of dynasty politics in the Indian National Congress. Stating several examples, Gandhi explained that that is “how the entire country is running”. Suddenly, he seems to be singing the same tune as Kangana Ranaut, doesn’t he? However, it wasn’t anti-nepotism Ranaut who stood up to challenge Mr Gandhi’s statements. The bellow emanated from the most unlikely people of all- the Kapoor family.

On Tuesday, veteran Bollywood actor Rishi Kapoor challenged Rahul Gandhi’s defensive remarks. Or that is what he tried to do, at least. In a series of tweets, Kapoor attempted to join the Rahul-takedown bandwagon with his privileged outlook.

Perhaps Mr Kapoor needs a little introduction to a little concept known as nepotism. It is known that the Kapoors maintain their age-old tradition of launching their children into the industry. Even Rishi Kapoor himself debuted in Mera Naam Joker, a film produced and directed by his father Raj Kapoor. Although he turned out to be a talented actor, there’s no denying that, he had an easy gateway to stardom owing to the gravitas his family name bore. Yes, each generation is “chosen by public on merit”, but the fact that they even had the opportunity to step up to a grand platform and exhibit your talents repeatedly is a comfort the Kapoors have enjoyed for four generations. No, Mr Kapoor, it was hardly “God’s grace”.

While we are on that, I do have a question. Kapoor states in his tweet, “Prithviraj Kapoor.Raj Kapoor.Randhir Kapoor.Ranbir Kapoor-Males.Besides all others. You see otherwise.”

Why has he singled out four males from the Kapoor family? Prithviraj Kapoor and Raj Kapoor were inarguably superstars from the Kapoor family, however, Randhir was not as much of a success. Additionally, why is Ranbir Kapoor on his list of successful Kapoors? It must be obvious to anyone that Karisma is the one who stands out as the true superstar in the fourth generation. Her sister, Kareena Kapoor, follows right after her. Not Ranbir.

Whether it is sexism or his blind love for his son, it does not justify him discounting the achievements of the only two female actors to be born into the Kapoor family.

After his all of two tweets talking about merit, Rishi Kapoor went on to say this:

All of a sudden, he turns blatant supporter to “dynasty”. Basically, by backing Gandhi’s very statements on dynasty politics running the country by stating more examples, Kapoor is apparently against the Congress VP… Take as much time as you must to process that.

Some time later, he even replied to one Twitter user, who seemed to make sense, and shut him down by listing a “genetic fault”.

It is not by “genetic fault” that talented people don’t turn out to be as famous as some other lesser individuals born in privilege. What you have is not just talent at your disposal, but also a pathway with a hell of a lot less obstacles to maneuver. Do you think Tusshar Kapoor would still be an active name if that weren’t true. Honestly, this time around, about damn time Rishi Kapoor took a break from Twitter.

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