New Delhi: Late Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s brother-in-law Vishal Kirti has announced the launch of a website and page, called Nepometer, and rated Alia Bhatt’s upcoming movie Sadak 2 as 98 per cent ‘nepotistic’.
— vishal kirti (@vikirti) June 25, 2020
Captioned ‘Fight Bollywood Nepotism with Information’, the Nepometer provides ratings to movies based on whether the crew in the movie has people who are from the film industry or if they are those who have no connections to anyone in the film industry.
Fight Bollywood Nepotism with Information. We will provide rating for movies based on how nepotistic or independent movie crew is. If the #nepometer is high, then it’s time to #boycottbollywoodnepotism #fightnepotism pic.twitter.com/EkazMgtS6d
— nepometer (@nepometer) June 25, 2020
Launched on 25 June, the webpage was created by Mayuresh Krishna, an architect at VMware, which is a software that powers apps and services.
The first film the page rated was Sadak 2, which is yet to be released. According to the page, Sadak 2 was 98 per cent nepotistic.
The page stated it rated the movie based on five categories — producer, director, lead artists, writer and supporting artists, and found that 4 out of 5 of the categories had people who had connections to families in the Hindi movie industry.
According to the page, director and writer of the movie is Mahesh Bhatt, who is the son of Nanabhai Bhatt (a doctor). The lead cast has Alia Bhatt (Mahesh Bhatt’s daughter), Aditya Roy Kapur (producer Siddarth Roy Kapur’s brother), Sanjay Dutt (son of actors Sunil Dutt and Nargis), Pooja Bhatt (Mahesh Bhatt’s daughter) and Soni Razdan (Mahesh Bhatt’s wife). The producer of the movie is Mukesh Bhatt (Mahesh Bhatt’s brother).
The only person who did not have any film family connection is Gulshan Grover, who has a role of a supporting actor.
#Sadak2 is 98% Nepotistic. We rated it based on 5 categories, Producer, Lead Artists, Supporting Artists, Director & Writer. 4 out of 5 categories have Bollywood Family members. When #nepometer is high it’s time to #boycottbollywood
Will you watch this movie? Tell us in comments pic.twitter.com/LqZFhE6bk8
— nepometer (@nepometer) July 2, 2020
The post further said, “When #nepometer is high, it’s time to boycott Bollywood.”
Rajput (34) was found hanging in his apartment in Mumbai on 14 June. The actor was last seen in the movie Chhichhore.
His death sparked huge outrage and raised questions about nepotism in the Hindi film industry. This resulted in producer-director Karan Johar and actor Alia Bhatt losing many followers on Instagram.
The Mumbai Police has initiated an investigation into his death and so far questioned his friends, rumoured girlfriend, actor Rhea Chakraborty, co-star of his last and soon-to-release movie Dil Bechara Sanjana Sanghi and Yash Raj Film’s casting director Shanoo Sharma.
The Mumbai Police also asked Yash Raj Films to show the contracts between the company and the deceased actor, and also sent summons to director Sanjay Leela Bhansali Thursday to appear for questioning.