Abhay Deol has been in the news for all the good reasons. Soon after the nepotism debate re-surfaced post-Sushant Singh Rajput’s death, Abhay had taken a dig at Farhan Akhtar for their film Zindagi Naa Milegi Dobara when film awards put him and Farhan in beat Supporting Role category. Abhay has been calling out Bollywood filmmakers ever since. However, Abhay now feels that Nepotism prevails everywhere, be it in politics, business, or film and it is a tip of the iceberg. Taking to Instagram, Abhay Deol shared a collage picture of himself with veteran actor Dharmendra, while in the caption he wrote, Dharmendra was an outsider and made it big Bollywood.
His caption read, “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 privileged. 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."
He went on to say that nepotism has taken on another dimension 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 counterproductive. We need a cultural evolution.”
He concluded his long post by saying that he has always been a lone voice in speaking against nepotism in the industry. But he says he’s glad that more actors are coming out today and speaking of their experiences. He added, “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” (ALSO READ: Sushant Singh Rajput Demise: 25 Days Later Fans Refuse To Give Up; Demand Justice And Trend #CBIForSonOfBihar On Twitter)
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