How is it that Muslims dominate among the top Bollywood stars and directors despite accounting for a mere 13.4% of India’s population?
Khan, Akhtar, Abbas
You can’t watch a Hindi movie without stumbling over a Khan or Akhtar these days.
Aamir Khan, Salman Khan, Shahrukh Khan, Zayed Khan (yuck), Fardeen Khan (yuckier), Saif Ali Khan, Soha Ali Khan, Sohail Khan, Aarbaaz Khan (yuckiest), Irrfan Khan (good), Imran Khan, Salim Khan (now retired), Farhan Akhtar, Javed Akhtar…
Among the directors, we have Farhan Akhtar, Anees Bazmee, Farah Khan, Sajid Khan and Abbas-Mustan.
What explains this Muslim hegemony among the top stars of Bollywood?
Are Hindu men shying away from Bollywood?
Is it nepotism?
Does the alleged underworld financing of Bollywood movies by the likes of Dawood Ibrahim have anything to do with the hegemony of Muslims among the Bollywood stars?
Among the women, there are not as many Muslims although there are a few prominent ones like Tabu, Shabana Azmi and Dia Mirza.
Interestingly, we don’t see that many Muslims among the top stars of Kollywood although Muslims account for about 6% of Tamil Nadu’s population.
Wait, there’s Jamshad Cethirakath (better known as Arya), Mirza Abbas Ali (Abbas) and that mini-elephant Kushboo (converted to Hinduism after her marriage to Tamil film director Sundar C).