Abhay Deol has been recently making the headlines for his social media posts. From calling out ‘woke’ celebrities not addressing issues that exist in India, to now sharing the stories behind his films such as Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (ZNMD), Dev D, Ek Chaalis Ki Last Local, with the hashtag #makingwhatbollywouldnt. In his ZNMD post, he opened up about the ‘covert and overt ways in which people in the film industry lobby against you.’ Now, in a recent interview, he called out Bollywood’s lobby culture, and agreed that bias and nepotism can take a toll on a person’s mental health. He said that while he did not know Sushant Singh Rajput, he could relate to the late actor’s career.
In an interview with Hindustan Times, Abhay Deol said that lobby culture has been prevalent in the industry for decades, which is why no one thinks about standing up against it. “They are all ready to conform, which is why they know that they can get away with it. The reason I can say this, is because I grew up in a film family and I’ve heard of these games even as a child. As a kid, I heard it through other people’s experiences, and as a professional, I have seen it myself.”
Abhay Deol shared that Sushant Singh Rajput’s death shook him up and got him thinking. While he said that he did not know the late actor, he could relate to his career. When asked if that was the reason he spoke up, Abhay admitted that Sushant’s death did push him to speak up, but he has also spoken up in the past. “I’m sorry it took someone’s death to wake everybody up. But I’m glad that people have taken note and they want to be heard. They’re asking for a change not just from the outside of the industry but even from the inside,” he said.
Abhay Deol also agreed that bias, nepotism, and other such practices in the film industry do take a toll on one’s mental health. “It’s an extremely competitive space. People are highly insecure and you’ll often hear them say, ‘your failure is my success’,” he said. ALSO READ: Abhay Deol Recalls The Time When He Got Anurag Kashyap Onboard To Direct Dev D; Talks About His 'Chauvinist' And 'Misogynist' Character
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