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Bollywood actress Sonakshi Sinha. Image Credit: AFP

Sonakshi Sinha has apparently taken a dig at Kangana Ranaut over the raging debate around Bollywood nepotism.

“I find it so amusing that this word nepotism has been introduced and sensationalised by a person whose sister is managing their work. And I don’t think I really want to give it that much more importance,” Sinha told hindustantimes.com in an interview without taking names.

Ranaut’s manager is her sister Rangoli Chandel.

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Sinha added in the same interview that even though she had bagged her debut film back in 2010 because her family “knew” Salman Khan’s family, she had to work hard after being selected for the role.

“Having said that, my father [Shatrughan Sinha] has never picked up the phone and called any producer to say, ‘Take my daughter in your film’. I was offered ‘Dabangg’ because yes, my family knew Salman Khan’s family, but that’s it. They saw me, thought I’ll fit the role, and I was offered the film. After that, I had to work very hard,” the actress said.

Kangana Ranaut and Rangoli Chandel
Kangana Ranaut and Rangoli Chandel. Image Credit: Gulf News Archives

When quizzed on the ongoing social media trend of netizens trolling star kids, Sinha said: “These people are calling out young girls — Ananya Panday, Alia Bhatt, Janhvi Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor — imagine what they’d be going through. It’s just not nice. Though I know they’re very strong girls and are keeping their chin up and sailing through it, so I’m happy about that. I understand people are hurt right now, and I get it they need to vent somewhere. But... all the people being attacked for nepotism were not even launched by their families, so it’s bizarre what’s happening.”

On the work front, Sinha will next be seen alongside Ajay Devgn and Sanjay Dutt in the period drama ‘Bhuj: The Pride of India’.