Director Vishal Bhardwaj is one of the latest names who has come forward to give his take on the on-going madness that surrounds the Hindi film industry. The Sushant Singh Rajput saga, now having turned into a drug exposure saga is still the topic everyone is talking about and will be for a while. However, when to comes to Bhardwaj, he rubbished claims that the Indian film industry has a toxic working culture or an insider-outsider divide, saying some people having “vested interest” are trying to malign its image.
He said that he believes that people in the industry are always there to support each other, and especially for someone like him, who doesn't belong to any family, it has been a cherishable experience.
During a virtual press conference of Screenwriters Association (SWA) Awards on Friday, Bhardwaj in response to a question posed by PTI said, “I don’t personally feel there is toxic work culture. I believe there is so much love in our work culture. The film unit becomes like a complete family. There is such a beautiful work culture (here).”
“I believe all this is rubbish about toxic working culture. Ours is a beautiful industry… jo barbad kiya jaa raha hai aajkal uske vested interest kis tarah ke hai sabko malum hai (Ours is a beautiful industry, which has been ruined due to vested interest and we all know about this).
“And we also know why it is happening. So please forgive us, leave us on our own. We are doing good,” he added.
“It has nothing to do with insider or outsider. All this is banai hui bakwas (All this nonsense has been made up). We are like a family. I never felt like an outsider in the industry. Whatever little I have felt, that might happen in any other profession (as well).
“The emotional support that you get here, that you might not get in any other work culture. It is a beautiful industry, there is no toxic culture,” he said.
The director, however, is optimistic about the industry regaining its glory as soon as the cinema halls open.
“This is one side bowling happening. We are yet to get to ball because our theatres are closed. Those who are abusing are the ones who go and purchase tickets to watch films. Let our Friday come,” he said.
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