Real vs Reel: Is Emran Hashmi starrer Showtime a true story based on nepotism in Bollywood?

Hotstar Specials Showtime will be released on Disney Plus Hotstar on March 8, 2024.

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Ever since the trailer of Showtime has been released, it has been buzzing among fans on social media. Hotstar Specials Showtime will be released on Disney Plus Hotstar on March 8, 2024. Hotstar Specials Showtime is the next big thing in the world of OTT as it has multiple big actors & actresses in it. Talking about starcast, Showtime features Emraan Hashmi, Mahima Makwana, Mouni Roy, Rajeev Khandelwal, Shriya Saran, Vijay Raaz, Naseeruddin Shah, Lilette Dubey, Vishal Vashishtha, Neeraj Madhav, Gurpreet Saini, Denzil Smith and more in the leading roles. Hotstar Specials Showtime has been directed by Mihir Desai and Archit Kumar. Showtime has been produced by Karan Johar, Apoorva Mehta, Somen Mishra, and Mihir Desai. Now, the question arises whether Hotstar Specials Showtime is a true story or Hotstar Specials Showtime is a real story or not? Below is everything you need to know about Showtime's True Story- 


Is Hotstar Specials Showtime a true story?


The answer is yes and no at the same time. Showtime is an original story written by Sumit Roy, Lara Chandni, Mithun Gangopadhyay, however, its concept of nepotism in Bollywood is inspired by true stories. Hotstar Specials Showtime is a drama that showcases the nepotism politics that prevail in Bollywood and the epic saga of legacy and ambition in the world of cinema especially in the Hindi film industry. 


For the unversed, Bollywood filmmakers and production houses have been accused by multiple actors and actresses of favoritism and nepotism. Among the most famous ones is Kangana Ranaut calling Karan Johar 'the flag bearer of nepotism'. Nepotism in Bollywood debate intensified after actor Sushant Singh Rajput was found dead under mysterious circumstances at his Mumbai apartment. Many big and newcomers accused film-makers and production houses of isolating Sushant Singh Rajput. Multiple videos went viral on social media in which Karan Johar was seen deliberately asking questions about Sushant Singh Rajput to other actors in his chat shows. Interestingly, Showtime is produced by none other than Karan Johar. 


Talking about Showtime's starcast, Rajeev Khandelwal plays a Bollywood star who's seemingly drunk on his popularity. He has a loyal fan base called Armanians and refuses to sign a film backed by Emraan's character. At the end of the trailer, we see Emraan shouting profanities outside Rajeev's bungalow. There's also Naseeruddin Shah, playing a wealthy businessman who claims he 'owns' Bollywood.


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