Actor Abhay Deol has been vocal on social media and has been actively using the platform to express his views on subjects that matter.
Right from targetting fairness creams to exposing the culture of blind items in Bollywood, Abhay oughts to make 'what Bollywouldnt' ( that's his Instagram bio).
Today on Saturday morning, Abhay shared a picture with his uncle Dharmendra and penned an elaborate note on nepotism. Abhay was born in the Deol family and is the son of Ajit Singh Deol and Usha Deol.
In his post, he calls nepotism the tip of the iceberg and talks and how he made his own way into the movies.
His note read: 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. Nepotism is just the tip of the iceberg. 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. For me he was the inspiration.
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. 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."
The actor also talks about how caste plays a role in the process:
"While it plays a part in every country, nepotism has taken on another dimension here in India. I suspect caste plays a major role in it being more pronounced here than in other parts of the world.
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. 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. We need a cultural evolution. After all, where do our filmmakers, politicians and businessmen come from? They are people just like everyone. They grow up within the same system as everybody else. They are a reflection of their culture. Talent everywhere deserves a chance to shine in his or her medium."
He adds: "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."
Abhay also mentions that he has been vocal about such issues but also received hate for the same. He urges everyone to come together to bring about change.
"I'm glad more actors are coming out today and speaking of their experiences. I've been vocal about mine for years now, but as a lone voice I could only do so much. It's easy to smear one artist for speaking out, and I have been at the receiving end from time to time. But as a group, a collective, that becomes difficult. Maybe now is our watershed moment" he writes.
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