In the past few years, we have been made aware of how the Hindi film industry is a very close-knit circle and is plagued by nepotism and favouritism. Accounts by various actors and artists have highlighted how a chosen few celebrities and their families run most of the businesses and many outsiders fail to survive in the industry.
Some actors even knock on several doors just to land an audition. In the past, actor Neena Gupta had posted a public plea on social media asking filmmakers for work and look at where she is now!
Actor Divya Agarwal, who became famous after participating in MTV Splitsvilla and Bigg Boss OTT, recently took to social media to share a video wherein she requests Anurag Kashyap for a work opportunity in his upcoming projects. She expressed that she has no shame in asking for work publicly.
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“This is an open letter to @anuragkashyap10. Call me stupid I’m going to say it anyway! Kaam Mangungi sabke saamne mujhe koi sharam nahi!” she wrote.
Have a look at her video here:
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What was truly disappointing to watch were the innumerable comments trolling and shaming her for her public plea.
Many called it “begging” and “cringe” and made fun of her. And for what? For asking for work.
help what is this?!😭 pic.twitter.com/pbzrlCwUEc
— 🏔 (@tanhaiyaanx) March 16, 2023
Social media mein bheek mangna khete hai isse. Ayr Khudki tarif karna bhi😂😂😂
— Dp (@crusty_moon) March 16, 2023
Kitna nauntanki hai
— POSITIVITY ✨ (@priu1622) March 17, 2023
😂😂 yh bheek hi mangna hua
— Dil Ka Rishta🔗 (@badmashh_bachha) March 17, 2023
If stage pagal had a face💀
— Noor🥀 (@pri_ily_) March 16, 2023
It is so cringe
— ahsan👅 (@starboyyuh) March 17, 2023
However, there were also some good people on social media who slammed those shaming Divya Agarwal and lauded the actor for being so brave.
Some even called out the hypocrisy of others who, on one hand, slam the practice of nepotism but on the other hand, incessantly troll someone, an outsider, who asks for work.
such a sweet video people really live bitter lives when they come online to shit on people who are hopeful https://t.co/N1P8BwLXZf
— Pulkit Kochar (@kocharpulkit) March 18, 2023
What's wrong in this?
Last time Neena Gupta ji requested for a good role through her Twitter account and her career graph changed drastically for thr better.
Social media is put to good use like this. https://t.co/pxMZWNevYH
— . (@capred1em) March 18, 2023
Omg why are you guys so butt hurt over this. This is really sweet and I am glad she is reaching out and I hope she gets an audition. A lot of you need to learn some kindness man jeez. https://t.co/414Ibea3sR
— Ashkay (@FanAshkay) March 18, 2023
Woke netizens' love for trolling is nauseating tbh. Y'all cry buckets about nepotism but also mercilessly troll an outsider for openly asking for a chance at audition cuz she isn't getting what she desires👏
I have no liking for her but appreciate this smart utilization of sns👌 https://t.co/WanmbM4xyg
— 🌼Mishti 🌿🌸 (@CoFfEe___MuG) March 17, 2023
people trolling for this are the ones who cry abt Nepotism every now & then, it takes guts to ask for work after reaching to a certain height@Divyakitweet Kudos to you girl 👏
this is the sad reality of industry that every outsider faces https://t.co/lsTRISK4uK
— Laugh After (@laughafter28) March 17, 2023
Keeping all her reality shows and bf dramas aside.
This is how difficult it is for an outsider to get an opportunity.
She took a step through SM, even though she knows most ppl will mock her for this. Its not easy to put urself out there. https://t.co/1xICh1F8QG
— Sruthi (@thegirlwhoknowz) March 17, 2023
what a brave step by her 👏🏻 knowing that she'll be mocked for doing so; also there's nothing wrong if she's utilizing her social media for her own good https://t.co/o0X8aj5mav
— Rahul (@JaYaarYahanSe) March 17, 2023
Outsiders have to beg n ask for opportunity.
Aise toh nepotism ka nara lagate hai and wen outsiders really make an effort to get good work dy get trolled.
So called AUDIANCE like you needs HELP 😌😌 https://t.co/MBrl84U6sS
— Pooja jain ✨ (@BurgirKhatamBro) March 17, 2023
I dont know who she is but I'd just like to add that this is how hard it is for outsiders to even get one opportunity to audition. Star kids/rich folks with contacts don't have to go around 'begging'. They just have to walk into their favourite uncle's office & ask for a chance https://t.co/TMdxqQhDX3
— TakeADeepBreath (@DeepTake) March 17, 2023
The good news is, after Divya’s video went viral, Anurag Kashyap did reach out to her via Instagram DM.
According to Hindustan Times, Divya claimed, “He (Anurag Kashyap) must have not commented on the video but he did reply to me on Instagram. He said that he is overwhelmed. I said that I am sorry if I caused any trouble because of this entire drama. But he told me that he is overwhelmed and that he will reach out to me if he has any audition for me. His text read, ‘Humbled by this. Will reach out for future projects.'”
There is no shame in asking for work!