Ever since Sushant Singh Rajput died by suicide on June 14, a debate over nepotism prevailing in Bollywood has taken the social media by storm. Netizens and Sushant's fans are blaming the filmy families for not treating Sushant equal as he was an outsider. Now, Satya actor Manoj Bajpayee who is also an outsider has spoken about it at length. He has shared how these words like 'outsider and insider' did not exist before 20 years and that people who are jealous of someone's talent will pull another down.
In an interview with WION, Manoj Bajpayee shared that sometimes he considers his survival as a miracle. He started with saying, "Let me start with this, the world is not fair. I have been saying this since 20 years that as an industry we celebrate mediocrity. Forget about industry, as a nation we celebrate mediocrity. Something is lacking somewhere -- in our thought process, our value system. When we see talent, we immediately want to ignore or push it away. This is the value system of ours which is so deplorable."
Further he shared, "Firstly, if you don't have talent then you have to be extremely lucky to get by. This is the system I am talking about. This is the cold value of this industry. I am not blaming anyone. I am a part of this industry. This is why I said in my past interviews that we have to look inward and rectify that. Rectify, or you will keep getting flak for it, cursed for it and will keep on losing respect of the common people."
Manoj Bajpayee also asserted that it is high time that the industry starts acknowledging people who have talent and that they are given a chance to prove themselves. He further explained how people get jealous of one's talent and use every means to pull one down. He said, "when you are appearing for engineering, you give a chance to someone who's scored the most, right? But in this industry if you are talented, first of all everybody will be jealous of your talent. So if they are jealous of your talent, they will try to push you away. They will try to ignore you. They will try to pull you back." (Also Read: Sushant Singh Rajput Death: When SSR Revisited The Exact Location Of His First Shot: ‘This Is Where I Was Standing’-WATCH)
In the same interview with WION, the actor, who is looking forward to the release of his film Bhonsle, also mentioned that these words like insider and outsider did not exist 20 years back. "I was asking somebody recently to tell me when these words started existing in our industry -- insider, outsider? Only 20 years back. The evidence is there, it's just that we ignore it. Now when people are getting angry, you are saying that their anger is unnecessary. You avoided it, you ignored it. Somewhere there anger means they are asking questions and we have to answer those questions as an industry. That system needs to be rectified. Who will rectify it? Me, as an established actor, as an experienced actor. Others who are well positioned. Others who are privileged. You can improve it by spotting talents, encouraging talent, by making their struggle shorter and admiring and respecting them," he said.
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