It looks like Harshvardhan Kapoor’s pedigree will follow him for a while. On Rajeev Masand’s Rountable With Newcomers, the exceptionally outspoken Jim Sarbh not only showed up with half his face painted in red, he also made a point which I am sure every newcomer from outside the film industry wants to make to every well-connected debutant in the entertainment industry.
Turning to Harshvardhan Kapoor,Jim very bluntly pointed out that he was the only newcomer present who was from the industry. “You automatically get a bigger card than us…It’s like we’re in a different room trying to make our presence felt. It isn’t exactly an even playing-field,” said Sarbh while his ‘unconnected’ colleagues SobhitaDhulipala(of Raman Raghav) and Fatima Sana Sheikh(of Dangal) nodded knowingly.
All this was said in a spirit of benign honesty. But I wonder how far this honesty will take the fiercely gifted Sarbh. I can’t see Harshvardhan’s father Anil Kapoor or sister Sonam Kapoor(Sarbh’s co-star in Neerja) taking kindly to Jim’s bluntspeak on nepotism in the film industry.
Jim in fact made his other colleagues squirm too . He told SobhitaDhulipala that a taxidriver must have seen her sex clip from RaghavRaman and not the film. And he made Fatima Sana Sheikh uncomfortable when he compared getting the time wrong during a scene to getting laid.
Fatima pretended she didn’t hear him.
Maybe it’s time for Jim to rein-in his natural effervescence , get more diplomatic before the hypocritical film industry turns nervous in his presence.