to be strong, May his soul rest in peace”, words of wisdom as well as blame echoes all over the country. The recent demise of the young and talented actor Sushant Singh Rajput at the age of 34 cannot go unnoticed. Was it suicide or intended murder? There are many truths buried behind this death. Although we are no Sherlock holmes, some facts can add light to this incident.
He was a very popular actor but not invited to any Bollywood parties or offered any good movies, lately. He was being neglected by famous directors and artists, which was depressing and fearing him. He missed several lead roles that were offered to him at first but were later taken away from him. What was the reason behind this negative approach? Did he shoot an innocent animal, raped a respected girl, murdered someone, accused any popular star, was he involved in drugs, or stole someone’s girlfriend? Well, I just forgot Bollywood has a blind eye towards all these; these are no crime for Bollywood or his fans. Wondering, what else could be the reason for this cruel behavior, and why was he outcasted from the industry even when he had occupied love in the hearts of millions?
The reason behind this is that he was an outsider. He boldly accepted that he didn’t have any godfather. Is godfather essential to establish your career in Bollywood? Doesn’t talent matter? To be very frank, it certainly doesn’t. Nepotism is the answer to everything prevailing inside and outside Bollywood. This is not the first time something this nasty has happened in Bollywood, there are many other actors and actresses whose struggle didn’t give them a chance to earn fame, and to establish their future, they deserved.
Another legendary actor Irrfan Khan whose sudden death on, 29 April 2020, made Bollywood regret. He was a great actor and was well known for his famous Bollywood movies, like “Life of Pi”, “The Lunchbox”, “Hindi Medium” etc. He received Oscars also yet was always considered to be an underrated actor. The Directors, actors, and producers of Bollywood never praised his work and treated him like an outsider. He earned respect but not the fame which he deserved. He was never offered any role from Balaji or Dharma Productions. However, Hollywood had real eyes to hunt a talented actor and offered him big operations like “The Namesake”, “The Warrior”, etc. Bollywood can never capture real talent and present it to its viewers.
Proceeding to another actor, Ayushmann Khurrana, I sense that he is one of the most gifted actors of Bollywood. He is well known for his creativity with the diverse themes that he favors for his films, and also owns great vocal talent. Even though he struggled with genuine challenges, he is underrated and treated as an outsider. The crooks who rule Bollywood never acknowledge these young talents. The reason is simply Nepotism. The prominent directors Karan Johor, Mahesh Bhatt, and others, never grant any chance to newcomers. The new trend of acquainting “young star kids” has really made the audience distress, dissatisfy, and to some extent, even furious. They miss the duration when Bollywood was restored with pure skill and talent. Directors have set a benchmark that they will work with their favorite stars or the inherited because of the illusion that it makes a movie blockbuster.
The color prejudice is so entrenched in our country that even the most noteworthy categories like the film league have fallen victim to it. While our media cries foul over Bollywood actors facing discrimination in the West, countless untold anecdotes of racism remain to wait and too excavated in Bollywood itself. Lately, casting manager Sanjay Chouhan announced concerning Nawazuddin’s looks that simply accentuated Bollywood’s madness with fair skin. We get to know about this from the tweet of Nawazuddin.
The dark side of Bollywood is another instance is Sonakshi Sinha who barely has any function in her films except for just a few songs and three stages but she has toiled with almost all big stars while distinguished actresses like Richa Chaddha, Radhika Apte, Huma Qureshi, etc have to resolve for low allowance movies with no star significance. Except for few actors like Ayushmann Khurrana, Siddharth Malhotra, John Abraham, Nawazzudin Siddique, and Irrfan Khan, all other male cues are star kids like Tiger Shroff, Arjun Kapoor, Imran Khan, Suraj Pancholi, Varun Dhawan, Abhishek Bachchan, and the list goes on. It is awful that an actor like Irrfan Khan is being praised in India only after Hollywood comprehended his work. Same with Kangana Ranaut who confessed that many stars were not ready to work with her during her introductory films, but now after 10 years she is finally offered big movies. Sonam Kapoor, Sonakshi Sinha is provided regular work with big stars irrespective of their movies being hit or fall flat and big stars concede to work with them only because they are kids of already made stars.
For an outsider, it is out of the question to get a big-budget movie or movies produced under the banner of Yash Raj or Dharma Productions as these big production houses aimlessly cast kids who have inherited Bollywood blood. For example, instead of introducing a new face, they offer Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt, Ranbir Kapoor, Arjun Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor, etc, movies, again and again. Is it because they have great acting skills or because they have Godfather’s support? An outsider if by any means gets a low budget movie by a new director or producer, the movie gets barraged at the box office due to low publicity and ends the career of the new face even before it has started. No ratings are provided based on acting skills.
Have you ever seen Abhishek Bachchan plead to watch his movie or else he shall be kicked out of Bollywood? No, because he is a Bachhan which Sushant Singh wasn’t.
I have no grudge against these actors and I think some of these star kids have real proficiency. But my whole point rotates around the nepotism in Bollywood. Why is it that someone even with great potent and talent, strives and tries to meet directors and producer, scampering around doing audition after audition, and begs for the one chance in Bollywood, but someone who has just entered Bollywood with a Godfather gets a ramp walk directly to a big blockbuster?
Not fair enough? An outsider cannot come and rule the Bollywood industry. The only thing that they can do is show their talents. Bollywood needs better protection for outsiders when they achieve their prosperity so that they are not threatened and haunted all their lives to lose what they have achieved. Help the outsiders to join the Bollywood family with open hearts.