A former television and Hindi Film actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s demise has flared up the debate on nepotism in like never before. Sushant’s suicide has shocked everyone and alongside nepotism, lobbying, camp-ism, group-ism has also been talked about. A while ago, Abhay Deol had shared a poster of his film, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara and revealed that for an awards show, he and his costar, Farhan Akhtar were demoted from leads to supporting cast. This had shocked the fans yet again. Now, recently, the actor opened up on nepotism with a hard-hitting post.
Abhay Deol began his post with his ‘dad’ veteran actor Dharmendra‘s journey in the Hindi Film industry. “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 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,” he wrote in his post.
Next, he went on to talk about nepotism, “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.” And added that the word and the situation surrounding the same has taken a whole new dimension in the country.
“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.”
In his post, Abhay went on to talk about providing equal opportunities for everyone. He said that the industry needs a culture revolution to beat nepotism. “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.”