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Abhay Deol is extremely upset over nepotism & lobbying in Bollywood, says 'I'm sorry it took someone's death to wake everyone'

Abhay Deol talks about his recent posts criticising Bollywood, says 'I'm sorry it took someone's death to wake everybody up';Read on
by Saumya Bansal | June 24, 2020 11:43 IST
Abhay Deol is extremely upset over nepotism & lobbying in Bollywood, says 'I'm sorry it took someone's death to wake everyone'

The untimely death of Sushant Singh Rajput due to suicide has shaken the whole film fraternity.There's a debate that has stirred the presence of nepotism and lobbying culture in Bollywood which can work against new actors coming from outset industry. Other than Kangana Ranaut, an actor who has been openly exposing Bollywood is Abhay Deol. Talking about his latest posts on social media, the Socha Na Tha actor said, “I felt this was a good way to bring attention to these movies. Being non-formulaic, they didn’t have enough funds for marketing or a big release. So, not a lot of people are aware of them. I believe they are good and that would be entertaining even today. The ones I selected for this particular hashtag are the ones that were the most difficult to make and even tougher to release.”

 
Specifically talking about the Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara post and exposing filmfare awards, Abhay said, "This was clearly an overt example. They didn’t even bother hiding their bias, something that they normally take efforts to do,” he says, and adds, “Lobby culture has been prevalent in our industry not for years, but decades. Hence, no one thinks about standing up, or bothering to do anything. 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.”
 
He further added, "Sushant’s death definitely sort of pushed me to speak up a little bit. But, this isn’t my first time speaking up. In the past, I’ve taken on the biggest. 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. What’s good today is that actors are speaking out. I had become quiet because I didn’t want to be the only one screaming. No man is an island, after all. And, without support, I alone couldn’t have brought about the change we need. So, I decided to speak up once again."
 
 
 
 
 
 
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“Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara”, released in 2011. Need to chant this title to myself everyday nowadays! Also a great watch when anxious or stressed. I would like to mention that almost all the award functions demoted me and Farhan from main leads, and nominated us as “supporting actors”. Hrithik and Katrina were nominated as “actors in a leading role”. So by the industry’s own logic, this was a film about a man and a woman falling in love, with the man supported by his friends for whatever decisions he takes. There are many covert and overt ways in which people in the industry lobby against you. In this case it was shamelessly overt. I of course boycotted the awards but Farhan was ok with it. #familyfareawards Very creative artwork @kalakkii

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Part 2 of post - me 11 years later. My beard is going white. How’s your day going?

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