Abhay Deol Speaks Of Privilege & Nepotism, Says ‘Caste Plays A Major Role In It’

‘ZNMD’ actor Abhay Deol has time and again highlighted the malaises of Indian film industry be it by boycotting award functions or calling out celebrities for endorsing fairness creams while supporting #BLM.

The actor who also hails from a family of B-town stars has now opened up about nepotism in Bollywood. Taking to social media, Abhay acknowledged that he has also used his privilege to enter into Bollywood, but has also gone that extra mile to make his own path and take chances with new directors and producers.

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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 carries 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 counterproductive. 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.

Abhay, who is known for his offbeat movie choices, says that nepotism is prevalent in our culture. Hence, if we want to bring a change in society, ‘then focusing on only one aspect, one industry, while ignoring the many others will be incomplete and possibly counterproductive.’

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Here’s his original Instagram post:

Well, I second Abhay’s notion that nepotism has become a way of life in Indian society. Hence, its time people consider talent and one’s calibre while providing someone with a chance and not their contacts or last name. What do you think? Tell us.

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