Manoj Bajpayee Joins Nepotism Debate, Says Bollywood ‘Celebrates Mediocrity’


More and more people from the film and music industry are speaking out against the injustices that are inherent in the system. From Abhay Deol slamming Bollywood‘s lobby culture and award shows to Sonu Nigam threatening to expose T-Series head Bhushan Kumar, B-Town’s pandora’s box has been opened.

Recently, ace actor Manoj Bajpayee too opened up about Bollywood’s nepotistic tendencies. According to a report by Hindustan Times, he spoke about how the entertainment industry “celebrates mediocrity” and how it tends to “ignore” real talent.

“Let me start with this, the world is not fair. I have been saying this for 20 years that as an industry we celebrate mediocrity. Forget about the industry, as a nation we celebrate mediocrity. Something is lacking somewhere — in our thought process, our value system. When we see talent, we immediately want to ignore or push it away. This is the value system of ours which is so deplorable,” he said in an interview.

Addressing the outrage that the Bollywood biggies have been receiving ever since Sushant Sign Rajput’s death, who was his co-actor in the film ‘Sonchiriya’, Manoj Bajpayee said that the industry needs to rectify itself or it will continue to receive flak from the audience.

“This industry has wasted talent; so much that in any other country those talents who have not been given their due here, would have been known as the best actors in the world. But we don’t care. Firstly, if you don’t have talent then you have to be extremely lucky to get by. This is the system I am talking about. This is the cold value of this industry. I am not blaming anyone. I am a part of this industry. This is why I said in my past interviews that we have to look inward and rectify that. Rectify, or you will keep getting flak for it, cursed for it and will keep on losing the respect of the common people.”


If Manoj Bajpayee’s claims about Bollywood are true, it’s nothing but a shame how so many talents go wasted. Maybe this time can be used by the industry to rectify its deep-rooted prejudices.

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