Across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, social media users have unfollowed those who are being accused of fuelling nepotism in the film industry. Between Monday night and Tuesday evening, actor Kangana Ranaut saw an increase in Instagram followers from about 2 million to 3.2 million and counting while Karan Johar’s profile registered a rapid drop from 11 million to 10.9 million, which was within 20 minutes on Tuesday afternoon. The numbers are still changing dynamically since social media users are enraged by the non-recognition of outsider talent in Bollywood.
While Karan Johar has lost followers by the minute on Instagram, Kangana Ranaut has gained followers over night. Recently, Kangana had made a video addressing the suicide of Sushant Singh Rajput and the problems that outsiders face in the film fraternity. Earlier, on Karan Johar’s Show Koffee with Karan, Kanagana had raised the nepotism issue catching the host by surprise.
Social media users unfollowing Karan Johar on Instagram and across all social media portals said they cannot support celebrities who value personal relationships over talent when it comes to giving work in the industry. Why should I pay for a movie that has star kids when I can instead pay for a movie that I will enjoy seeing because of its story and acting? a user commented.
Some people have also started an online petition requesting others to boycott movies of the more popular clans in the film industry. People in general have started questioning why movies with a glamorous star cast are usually the ones that drive most award events. A user said he had stopped watching award shows the day he got to know that they are completely rigged. He has unfollowed Alia Bhatt and other star kids and followed newcomers who have talent to make it big in the industry.