Actor Kay Kay Menon rubbishes Bollywood's star system, says only the rich, film family kith and kin become mainstream heroes
Kay Kay Menon
That nepotism exists in Bollywood hasn't vehemently been denied, but only a few have vocally addressed the issue. One among them is Kay Kay Menon. "It is a well known fact that the industry is biased towards people belonging to families of revered stars," he says.
Menon, who features in the upcoming bilingual film, 'The Ghazi Attack', asserts that people invest in star kids for monetary benefits. "It has nothing to do with their talent or calibre. If you have got money, I can make you a star too. But then, don't expect that you will be able to lead a normal life and roam about freely. Stars can't do that," explains the actor, adding that the trend must fade out for the industry to progress.
While one may assume the comments come from a negative space, the actor says he is happy with the acclaim that he has achieved. "The day I decided to become an actor, I had promised myself that I wouldn't have security guards following me all the time. So, I never desired to be a superstar."
Ask him what prodded him to green-light 'The Ghazi Attack', a war film featuring Taapsee Pannu and Rana Daggubati, and he confesses it was the script's novelty. "I loved the way Sankalp (Reddy, director) has approached the script. He has conducted an extensive research. I am sure that if you leave him stranded in a submarine, he will come out of it," he laughs.