The sudden demise of actor Sushant Singh Rajput once again started the debate on nepotism and favoritism in Bollywood and many other actors gave their opinion on this matter. Sushant took his life on 14th June 2020 by hanging at his Bandra apartment and it was said that he was under depression and was undergoing treatment as well. His fans started slamming famous producer/director Karan Johar and other star kids for their biased behavior towards Sushant.
Actor Abhay Deol also gave his opinion on how favoritism works in the awards function in Bollywood and he narrated his own experience. He said that he was demoted to a supporting actor from a main lead by the awards functions for his movie “Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara”.
ZNMD was directed by Zoya Akhtar and it starred Hrithik Roshan, Farhan Akhtar, Katrina Kaif and Abhay Deol in important roles. The film was about three friends who went on a trip before one of them was getting married and what happened with them on the trip including the fun, adventure, thrill and emotional angle.
Abhay said that he was demoted by almost all the award functions and there are many ways by which the lobby conspires against other actors, which made him boycott the award shows, however Farhan Akhtar was fine with it.
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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
Now the actor-director-singer Farhan Akhtar has responded to Abhay Deol’s statement. While speaking at the India Today Conclave, the “Bhaag Milkha Bhaag” star says that everyone is getting to hear there is a rat race and every person is fighting against other for a spot which in reality doesn’t exist. According to him, a person needs to work hard and sincerely and it all depends on an actor whether he wants to be on a cover page of a magazine or a newspaper.
Farhan further says that Abhay Deol is in the wrong field if he wants to be on the cover of a newspaper. He eventually asks him whether he is here to become an actor, singer, director, musician, etc. or a reality star or just a star.
What is your take on this matter?