A while back, actor Abhay Deol spoke about how the film industry lobbies against outsiders in covert and overt ways. Now, Vidyut Jammwal and Kunal Kemmu are calling out a web platform for excluding them from an actor’s panel.
According to NDTV, the platform announced the release of 7 films including Vidyut’s ‘Khuda Haafiz’ and Kunal’s ‘Lootcase’ but the invitation for the virtual session was only given to the bigger stars (Akshay Kumar, Ajay Devgn, Abhishek Bachchan, Alia Bhatt) with Varun Dhawan as moderator.
A BIG announcement for sure!!
7 films scheduled for release but only 5 are deemed worthy of representation. 2 films, receive no invitation or intimation. It’s a long road ahead. THE CYCLE CONTINUES https://t.co/rWfHBy2d77
— Vidyut Jammwal (@VidyutJammwal) June 29, 2020
DNA India quoted Kunal saying, “Respect and love are things to be earned. If no one gives it to us, it shouldn’t make us feel insignificant. Just give us a level field to play, we can do great things too.”
Izzat aur pyaar maanga nahi kamaya jaata hai. Koi na de toh usse hum chhote nahi hote. Bas maidaan khelne ke liye barabar de do chhalaang hum bhi oonchi laga sakte hai 🙏
— kunal kemmu (@kunalkemmu) June 29, 2020
Several celebrities including Randeep Hooda, Genelia Deshmukh, Aahana Kumra, Vikrant Massey and Kunal Kohli tweeted in their support and slammed the discriminatory behaviour.
— Randeep Hooda (@RandeepHooda) June 29, 2020
Every film is made with a lot of love, a lot of sweat & a lot people giving it their all. Its only fair to want a little respect, its only fair to expect an invitation, its only fair to have at least been intimated.But then, sometimes even life is not fair. keep walking my friend https://t.co/xBZVf1cYHt
— Genelia Deshmukh (@geneliad) June 29, 2020
Such a shame that ill treatment of outsiders continues even in territories where everyone is new and an outsider. https://t.co/b5xlV6hZqx
— Team Kangana Ranaut (@KanganaTeam) June 29, 2020
— Aahana Kumra (@AahanaKumra) June 29, 2020
Yes it does. Sadly & Rightly as Simon & Garfunkel said-After changes upon changes we are still the same. Keep fighting buddy. We’ve never met. But I feel what you’re saying. Stay strong.
— kunal kohli (@kunalkohli) June 29, 2020
Tu star hai mere bhai.. koi long road vong road nahi,ulte pair aayenge sab dekhna. Tera jaisa action,india kya,duniya mein bohot kam karpaate hain. For me and for millions out there you are number one . Bigggg hug
— Iqbal Khan (@Miqbalkhan) June 29, 2020
Bro … you are super talented … frm day one … and will look forward to your work . Keep marching forward 🤗
— Amit Sadh (@TheAmitSadh) June 29, 2020
What do we know? What have we learned? This. ✊✊ https://t.co/pyyQ66Fj2l
— Vir Das (@thevirdas) June 30, 2020
Very well put Kunal. You are one of the finest actors of this generation. I’ve Always admired your work. Now Looking forward to this one ♥️ https://t.co/b269Ik2xtx
— SONAL CHAUHAN (@sonalchauhan7) June 30, 2020
Fair & Lovely se FAIR toh hata diya…
Par yeh system kab FAIR hoga??? https://t.co/fBYeM0ICij
— Vikrant Massey (@masseysahib) June 30, 2020
More power to them for speaking against unequal representation in Bollywood. We wish them both the best of luck for their upcoming releases.