Bollywood has been associated with drugs for several years now, and multiple stereotypes around the B-town celebrities and their use of contraband substances have polluted the entire ecosystem. Now, ‘The Kashmir Files’ director Vivek Agnihotri got candid about how Bollywood is full of humiliation and exploitation.
Agnihotri spoke his heart out and shared that ‘little success leads to drug addiction’. The filmmaker shared an 'inside story' about Bollywood and said that it's not just a hub of talent but also a cemetery of talent.
He also shared how those who don't acquire the expected level of success get entangled in the vicious circle of showbiz without any income and power but are forced to fake it.
Vivek Agnihotri took to his Twitter handle and shared a long post about the deepest darkest secrets of Bollywood and said that 'real Bollywood is found in its dark alleys.'
The director said, “What you see is not Bollywood. Real Bollywood is found in its dark alleys. Its underbelly is so dark that it’s impossible for a common man to fathom. In these dark alleys, you can find shattered dreams, trampled dreams, buried dreams. If Bollywood is a museum of talent, then it’s also a cemetery of talent. It's not about rejection. Anyone who comes here, knows that rejection is part of the deal. It's the humiliation and exploitation which shatters tender dreams, hopes and belief in any kind of humanity. One can survive without food but to live without respect, self-worth and hope is impossible. No middle-class youngster grows up ever imagining to be in that situation."
Bollywood. An Inside Story. Pl. read. pic.twitter.com/e4WcBvJLLU— Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri (@vivekagnihotri) August 21, 2022
In his heartfelt long post, the director also spoke about how the unsuccessful ones end up in a never-ending battle. He further wrote: “It hits so hard that instead of putting up a fight, one gives up. Lucky are those who go back home. Who stay on, break apart. Those who find some success but not the real one, get into drugs, alcohol and all kind of life-damaging stuff. Now they need money. So, they get introduced to all kinds of funny money. Some success is the most dangerous one. You are in showbiz without any income & power. You have to look like a star, party like a star, PR like a star but you aren't a star. Imagine yourself in a gangsta ghetto where you have to behave like a gangster without a gun or knife. This is where you are open to humiliation & exploitation. Instagram is not free. It demands money to shoot, look good, sound busy.”
Sushant Singh Rajput’s demise seemingly sparked troubles for B-town. Several Reports also suggested that after SSR’s death, Bollywood-drug 'nexus' has been on the radar of NCB. Bollywood star Sushant Singh Rajput was found dead hanging in his Bandra apartment in Mumbai on June 14, 2020.
Filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri in his long post termed it as the “hollow race of validation” brings them back to where they started from - “the dark hole, which keeps getting deeper and deeper with each race.”
He added, "You show off, nobody sees. You scream, no one hears. You cry, no one cares. All you find is surrounded by people laughing at you. You bury your dreams. Quietly. But then you find people dancing on the grave of your dreams. Your failure becomes their celebration. You are a dead man walking. Irony is nobody can see you are dead except for you. One day, you literally die. And then the world sees you."
Recently, Rhea Chakraborty and her brother Showik, Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan, Shraddha Kapoor’s brother Siddharth Kapoor, Bharti Singh, Sara Ali Khan and numerous other Bollywood celebs were being investigated by the NCB for alleged consumption of drugs.
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