Abhay Deol Addresses Nepotism And Cultural Evolution

Since the sad demise of Sushant Singh Rajput, the debate on ‘nepotism’ has been on. Many celebrities are coming forward and talking about the buzzword ‘Nepotism’ amongst whom Abhay Deol has been very vocal. The actor has once again opened up on the topic and has talked about the ways to deal with it.

Sharing a picture of himself with the legend Dharmendra, he writes, “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 practises 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’ glad some of those artists and films went on to have tremendous success.

Abhay Deol

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. 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. I’m glad more actors are coming out today and speaking of their experiences. I’ve been vocal about mine for years now. 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. #change #equalopportunity #nepotism #caste #jati #nuance #dialogue”

The actor who has appeared in several critically acclaimed films, earlier spoke about why he boycotted the award functions as they being the ‘FamilyFare’ functions only recognise the filmy families and the star kids!

Well, it looks like the actor wants to nip the evil in the bud. We hope his efforts and words do not go in vain!

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