“Believe In Yourself” Farhan Akhtar Replies To Abhay Deol’s ZNMD Post About Lobbying

A few days back, Abhay Deol had slammed B-town for lobbying against him and Farhan Akhtar during their film ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’. He said that while several award shows had demoted them to side actors, his co-star Farhan was okay with only Hrithik being nominated as the lead actor.

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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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Recently, Farhan explained his side of the story, saying that all he cared about was putting in hard work, reports News18. The ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ actor said that you should believe in yourself and not seek validation from others.

He was quoted saying by India Today,

“You are constantly hearing about some rat race and everybody is fighting each other to some kind of spot which does not exist. I mean the fact is you have to believe in yourself, you have to work sincerely, work hard.”

Farhan added that the ultimate goal of an actor shouldn’t be appearing on the front pages of newspapers or magazines.

“If that is your larger interest, I really feel that you are in the wrong profession. You’re not here for that. Have you come here to be an actor, director, singer, music composer, or have you come here to be a reality star? Have you come here to be just, I don’t know, a star?”

The actor-director also spoke about happiness and said that one shouldn’t seek validation from others. He was quoted saying, “I feel that’s a very personal thing. If in your personality you are constantly seeking validation for things, you will, there is no eventuality possible but disappointment. You may have a wonderful time for a while, but eventually, you will be disappointed, because it is not possible to keep getting validation from other people.”

Honestly, no one can ever validate your hard work and efforts. However, credit should be given where due. What do you think? Tell us.

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