When you’re a celebrity, everything you say is scrutinised and dissected in every single way, all in order to turn it into a controversy. And when you’re someone who has been presented to the business all thanks to the wonderful nepotism, chances of you having an ego and a larger-than-life perception about yourself, are way too high.
The same happened again with Harshvardhan Kapoor who while being interviewed by Quartz decided to take the entire conversation in a different lane.
In the light of his second and recent release – Bhavesh Joshi superhero -Harshvardhan Kapoor was asked whether or not he takes some advice from his sisters Sonam and Rhea Kapoor. Mind you, both Rhea and Sonam have been in business for far too long to know how the industry and film business works, which is why the question was first put out.
Answering the question, Harshvardhan said, “Sonam is in her own world, and she’s done all kinds of films. But I also think it’s easier sometimes for a heroine to fit in a lot of films…for example, a Padman is not driven by her, right? So she doesn’t have to be there for a 100 days. Heroines can be more free. For me now, the whole film will hinge on my shoulders…So, I don’t really take advice from her. Rhea’s a producer. She has more marketing feedback as opposed to creative feedback with script and stuff. Our films (Bhavesh Joshi and Veere di Wedding) are releasing on the same day, so she’s too busy and she couldn’t help us.”
People soon got hold on the interview and spotted the obvious sexism in the interview, and they did what social media has eventually been made for, they called the actor out on his views. Here are some reactions to the particular statement. Various people came forward and said that both the sisters know enough about the movie business and they have previously made and been part of projects in which actresses were the main characters.
I always felt vague sympathy for Harshvardhan Kapoor because he was the slightly neglected sibling but clearly that was premature and unfounded. He’s not the neglected sibling, he’s the asshole no one likes ??♀️???♀️? pic.twitter.com/mTQMGam29x
— gulab jamun (@PedestrianPoet) June 4, 2018
Wow what? Typical. Typical.
— Neha Ramneek Kapoor (@PWNeha) June 4, 2018
According to him, Sonam had it easy coz she is a Heroine. What about the fact that Sonam was the Hero of Aisha, Khoobsurat, Dolly Ki Doli, Neerja and Veere Di Wedding??
— Pavitra Kumari (@PavitraKrTweets) June 4, 2018
What makes this worse is that the film he is talking about VDW HINGES on the heroines shoulders? So what even is he on about.
— Shikha Chandarana (@shikhaislate) June 4, 2018
I hope I'm not being too harsh but wth?? Has he forgotten about Neerja?? I didn't have any opinion about him before but this just frustates me
— kriti (@KritiStarr) June 4, 2018
Loll….sonam should read this! Its pure budding patriarchy thats dying but giving its last shout!
— Atti_Sara (@saradiakar) June 6, 2018
Does he even realize that he's not involved in private bickering match with his siblings!?
— Samridhi Sawlani (@SamridhiSawlani) June 4, 2018
Interviewer: Do your sisters Sonam and Rhea guide your decisions in any way?
Harshvardhan Kapoor: No, I'm sexist. pic.twitter.com/wUA9DXVt64
— Andre Borges (@borges) June 5, 2018
He's says it was taken out of context. So what is the context of "my sister isn't really the STAR of any films like I am so I am not going to ask for her advice"?
— Mo Pitz (@muppitz) June 5, 2018
Damn this boi screwed up and he’s not even properly in the industry yet…
— ? (@suficlementine) June 5, 2018
If my brother had said this…I would disown him immediately! What rubbish.
— Belletrista (@thebelletrista) June 5, 2018
WTF is wrong with this guy! I mean that answer sounds so out of the place!
— Purnangshu Paul (@purnangshupaul) June 5, 2018
The entire thing became too big of a conversation for the actor to get hold of it. And, he decided to clarify what he meant to say and how his words were twisted for the interview. Here’s what he said on the whole thing.
If you believe everything printed in the media and start accusing people immediately … can’t help you … I never said this … it’s taken completely out of context and misinterpreted ok I’m done defending myself gonna go hang with my sisters now bye https://t.co/5Akp8pybdX
— Harshvardhan Kapoor (@HarshKapoor_) June 4, 2018
Now, we don’t know whom to trust in here, what about you?