Following the death of Sushant Singh Rajput, many actors from the Hindi film industry have shared their own views on nepotism in the industry. Dev.D stars Abhay Deol has called out nepotism various times. Now in a recent interview, the actor has said that nepotism isn't just common in films but also in business, politics, and culture.
Speaking about his own privileged family he said, "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.
"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, " he added.
Abhay Deol further applauded the courage of young actors. He said, "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."