Nepotism is prevalent everywhere in our culture: Abhay Deol


I’ve been vocal about mine for years now, but as a lone voice I could only do so much. The Dev D actor, who credits his uncle Dharmendra as his inspiration, said he was always well aware of the existence of nepotism as it “pushed me to take chances with new directors and producers throughout my career.”
Sharing a photo of himself with veteran actor Dharmendra on Instagram, Deol wrote, “My uncle, whom I affectionately call dad, was an outsider who made it big in the film industry. © IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd While it plays a part in every country, nepotism has taken on another dimension here in India. That is how I was able to make movies that were considered “out of the box.” I’m glad some of those artists and films went on to have tremendous success. It’s easy to smear one artist for speaking out, and I have been at the receiving end from time to time. For me he was the inspiration. We need a cultural evolution. Written by A. Maybe now is our watershed moment.”
📣 The Indian Express is now on Telegram. Nepotism is just the tip of the iceberg. It’s easy to smear one artist for speaking out, and I have been at the receiving end from time to time. They are a reflection of their culture. They are people just like everyone. They grow up within the same system as everybody else. “If we are serious about making changes for the better, then focusing on only one aspect, one industry, while ignoring the many others, will be incomplete and possibly counter productive. That is how I was able to make movies that were considered “out of the box.” I’m glad some of those artists and films went on to have tremendous success,” he continued. I’ve gone that extra mile in my career to make my own path, something that dad always encouraged. Kameshwari
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Published: July 11, 2020 11:18:25 am

Abhay Deol made his debut under Dharmendra’s Vijayta Films in the 2005 film Socha Na Tha.(Photo: Abhay Deol/Instagram)
Actor Abhay Deol is glad that there is “an active debate” on nepotism. They are a reflection of their culture. I’ve only ever made one film with my family, my 1st, and I’m grateful to be blessed and have that privileged. I’ve gone that extra mile in my career to make my own path, something that dad always encouraged. #change #equalopportunity #nepotism #caste #jati #nuance #dialogue
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“Nepotism is prevalent everywhere in our culture, be it in politics, business, or film. I was well aware of it and it pushed me to take chances with new directors and producers throughout my career. I’ve only ever made one film with my family, my 1st, and I’m grateful to be blessed and have that privileged. He concluded, “As we have learnt over the past few weeks, there are several ways in which an artist is either uplifted to success, or beaten down to failure. But as a group, a collective, that becomes difficult. Nepotism is prevalent everywhere in our culture, be it in politics, business, or film. But as a group, a collective, that becomes difficult. Talent everywhere deserves a chance to shine in his or her medium,” the Zindagi Milegi Na Dobara actor mentioned. They grow up within the same system as everybody else. After all, it is “jati” that dictates that a son carry on the work of his father, while the daughter is expected to marry and be a housewife. For me, he was the inspiration.”
Abhay Deol made his debut under Dharmendra’s Vijayta Films in the 2005 film Socha Na Tha. We need a cultural evolution. Nepotism is just the tip of the iceberg. Abhay Deol ended his long note stating that while he has been at the receiving end time and again for speaking out, he is happy that many of the actors have opened up on their experiences within the industry. I was well aware of it and it pushed me to take chances with new directors and producers throughout my career. They are people just like everyone. I’m glad there is an active debate on the practices behind the scenes. After all, where do our filmmakers, politicians and businessmen come from? He further said that if we intend to make changes in society and its working, focusing on only the film industry will be “counter productive” but it is important that talent in every field is given a chance to shine. I’ve been vocal about mine for years now, but as a lone voice I could only do so much. If we are serious about making changes for the better, then focusing on only one aspect, one industry, while ignoring the many others, will be incomplete and possibly counter productive. View this post on Instagram

My uncle, whom I affectionately call dad, was an outsider who made it big in the film industry. I’m glad there is an active debate on the practices behind the scenes. I’m glad more actors are coming out today and speaking of their experiences. Talent everywhere deserves a chance to shine in his or her medium. Click here to join our channel (@indianexpress) and stay updated with the latest headlines
For all the latest Entertainment News, download Indian Express App. After all, where do our filmmakers, politicians and businessmen come from? As we have learnt over the past few weeks, there are several ways in which an artist is either uplifted to success, or beaten down to failure. Maybe now is our watershed moment. I’m glad more actors are coming out today and speaking of their experiences. I suspect caste plays a major role in it being more pronounced here than in other parts of the world.