'I Wish Favouritism Did Not Exist' — Actor Gulshan Devaiah

Avya Sharma , 20 Jun 2020
Gulshan Devaiah
Gulshan Devaiah

All around us and on social media, we are seeing a huge uproar and unrest surrounding actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death. One person who has spoken about it is actor Gulshan Devaiah, who observes a lot of misplaced anger among the people. He says, that it’s time for contemplation rather than indulging in blame games or trying to find the answers behind his death.

Talking to IANS, Gulshan says:

We should take this opportunity to think rather than point fingers because there are a lot of conspiracy theories. There is a lot of anger that is misplaced. If you ask me, the anger is misplaced.

One needs to mourn. Actors such as myself need to think about how we play the game, whether it’s worth it or not, whether we have the endurance and whether we have the chops, whether we can deal with our disappointments. Sometimes you work hard for years and years and years and nothing really happens. It has happened before and will happen again. What do you do then? People will judge you. They will say good things to your face, and vice versa. What do you do? What are you made of? Is it worth it? Will you go on or give up? We need to figure that out. We need to find these answers and not what killed Sushant. He has gone.

Talking about nepotism, the actor says that it means when you inherit something from your family and it is about family ancestry. He rather suggests calling it favouritism.

Here’s what he said:

People say nepotism. Nepotism is about family lineage when you inherit something from your family. Let’s call it favouritism. The producer is making the movie with his money and not using taxpayer’s money, so people cannot say, ‘we paid, so we want you to make this kind of film only and we want to do it by merit’. No, because it is a private enterprise.

Asked about the change he wishes to see in Bollywood, he said, people should be less judgemental and much nicer in Bollywood. And they should stop blaming each other. The actor also feels that performance cannot be measured and is subjective.

Gulshan says he wishes favouritism didn’t exist:

People can be a little less judgmental and nicer to each other. People can stop blaming each other. I think there is an unreasonable expectation of meritocracy. Performance cannot be measured. It’s very subjective. There’s a little bit of the tendency in our industry to say that so and so is more deserving, but I feel it’s not because you cannot measure it. But yes, I wish they were more reasonable with welding their power and wish favouritism didn’t exist.”

For the unversed, Gulshan Devaiah has appeared in movies like Shaitan, Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela, Hunterrr,  A Death In The Gunj and Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota.

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