Abhay Deol has been one of the few actors who have always kept it real when it comes to debates. His unabashed and unapologetic opinions about the industry make him an absolute favourite. However, there’s no denying that he also comes from an influential family in the industry with his uncle and cousins being famous superstars. In his recent Instagram post, Abhay Deol spoke in detail about being on the receiving end of the nepotism debate and clarified that all the work he has done in the industry is on his own merit.
Even though he debuted in a film with his family, after that, he paved his own way and created his own path. He further highlighted that there is nepotism in every industry, but the hot topic remains that of Bollywood. Abhay Deol says that he was aware of how nepotism prevails in the industry and it pushed him to take chances with new directors and producers throughout his career. He further elaborates to say that this is how he was able to make “out of the box” movies in his career span so far. Holding a neutral stance, Abhay Deol’s note is quite an enlightening one.
Take a look at it.
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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. 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. 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. 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. #change #equalopportunity #nepotism #caste #jati #nuance #dialogue
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