Sushant Singh Rajput‘s sudden demise created a furore in Bollywood. It reignited the subjects of nepotism and favouritism prevailing in the industry. And celebrities namely Kangana Ranaut, Raveena Tandon and many others opened about their share of struggles in Bollywood. One of those who has been speaking about their experience is actor Abhay Deol. He has been lately talking about the bitter truths of the industry through his Insta feed. And now, the actor through his lengthy post on his Instagram has expressed his happiness over the active debate on nepotism.
In his post, the Dev D actor credited his uncle Dharmendra for being his inspiration. He pointed out that his uncle was an outsider and how he has inspired him to discover his own path in the industry. Further, Abhay said that he has only made one film with his family which was his debut film Socha Na Tha. Helmed by Imtiaz Ali, the film was made under Dharmendra’s Vijayta Films.
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My uncle, whom I affectionately call dad, was an outsider who made it big in the film industry. I’m glad there is an active debate on the practices behind the scenes. Nepotism is just the tip of the iceberg. I’ve only ever made one film with my family, my 1st, and I’m grateful to be blessed and have that privilege. I’ve gone that extra mile in my career to make my own path, something that dad always encouraged. For me he was the inspiration. Nepotism is prevalent everywhere in our culture, be it in politics, business, or film. I was well aware of it and it pushed me to take chances with new directors and producers throughout my career. That is how I was able to make movies that were considered “out of the box.” I’m glad some of those artists and films went on to have tremendous success. While it plays a part in every country, nepotism has taken on another dimension here in India. I suspect caste plays a major role in it being more pronounced here than in other parts of the world. After all, it is “jati” that dictates that a son carry on the work of his father, while the daughter is expected to marry and be a housewife. If we are serious about making changes for the better, then focusing on only one aspect, one industry, while ignoring the many others, will be incomplete and possibly counter productive. We need a cultural evolution. After all, where do our filmmakers, politicians and businessmen come from? They are people just like everyone. They grow up within the same system as everybody else. They are a reflection of their culture. Talent everywhere deserves a chance to shine in his or her medium. As we have learnt over the past few weeks, there are several ways in which an artist is either uplifted to success, or beaten down to failure. I’m glad more actors are coming out today and speaking of their experiences. I’ve been vocal about mine for years now, but as a lone voice I could only do so much. It’s easy to smear one artist for speaking out, and I have been at the receiving end from time to time. But as a group, a collective, that becomes difficult. Maybe now is our watershed moment. #change #equalopportunity #nepotism #caste #jati #nuance #dialogue
Abhay went onto add that nepotism prevails everywhere, be it politics, business or even film for that matter. In conclusion, the actor who is known for his out of the box film choices said that he is glad that more actors are now coming out to voice their experiences.