New Delhi: The debate on the issue of nepotism in the film industry has been going on for a long. However, since the sudden demise of actor Sushant Singh Rajput, this issue has been discussed more in the last year than before. During this discussion, all the stars have spoken about nepotism and now, veteran actor Amrish Puri’s grandson Vardhan Puri has talked about it too. Vardhan Puri’s parents are not related to this industry, but his grandfather Amrish Puri was a legendary actor of Indian cinema. Vardhan made his debut with ‘Yeh Saali Aashiqui’ in the year 2019 itself. This is the year when the debate of nepotism was in full swing after Sushant’s death.
Talking to SpotboyE, Vardhan said, “Nobody has pointed at me to say that I am a ‘nepo kid.’ My grandfather passed away while I was very young and still in theatre. He was never there to influence any film’s casting or make any calls or go to offices to have me cast in a film”
Talking about his career, Vardhan says, ‘I think I am the person who has auditioned and given so many screen tests that no one else has, whether it is an insider or an outsider. I was interviewed by many agencies after which I got the job of assistant director, after that, I became an assistant writer also, I did theater for many years. If I get a chance in the films, then only because of my hard work, not because I am the grandson of Amrish Puri.’
Further, he added, “Had he (Amrish) been my father, maybe I would have been accused of nepotism but my father was never a part of films. My parents became film producers because I became an actor. So, people can tell them that they are a product of nepotism as they became producers because their son is an actor, and they will be proud to say yes.” Vardhan will be soon seen in The Last Show, directed by Vivek Agnihotri, the film also features Anupam Kher and Satish Kaushik.