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After Actors, Filmmakers Open Up About Nepotism

Sushant’s death has created a room for never-ending debates on “nepotism”. Its been two months since the Kai Po Che actor’s death but the insider-outsider debate is still on. From netizens to actors and now filmmakers, many opinions and struggles have been voiced about the prevalent Nepotism in Bollywood.

Hindustan Times approached filmmakers to pen down their unheard struggle that they had faced in Bollywood due to the topic in hand.

Below are the statements by a few filmmakers on Nepotism

Vasan Bala

Vasan has directed Mard ko Dard Nahi Hota and Peddlers.

The director said, “It’s important to create a healthy ecosystem. Being a rank outsider, I’ve mostly faced rejections. The moment your film makes Rs 100-200 crore, things become smooth. Everyone’s ready to make a film with you. But would ranting about such things help? For some it does, but I want to use the time to work on more stories. How long will they reject your work if you’ve the capability? We need people like Anurag Kashyap, Vishal Bhardwaj, who created a healthy environment by giving newcomers like us opportunities.”

Madhur Bhandarkar:

Director of Fashion, Page 3 and Heroine said that he never believed in joining gangs, “I didn’t join any gang and trusted my audience, but this approach isn’t easy. I know since I’ve faced it. It does affect creative minds like us. Many also didn’t like the fact that my films showed the real side of the glamour world. Getting producers to actors were also difficult at some point. But the more you push me, I’ll bounce back. The song in Page 3 kind of says it all, Kitne ajeeb rishtey hai yaha pe, Do pal milte hai saath saath chalte hai, Jab mod aaye toh bach ke nikalte hai…”

Leena Yadav

Leena directed Parched and Rajma Chawal movie. She shared, “The challenge for filmmakers is to tell stories the way they want to. I don’t compromise on the narrative and my vision for financial gain. Sometimes, this struggle makes you think if you’re in the right profession. Getting to work with the right kind of people takes time, unless you’re ready to let go of certain things. For both insiders and outsiders, struggles are different at different levels. No one knows what would work.”


The director of “My Brother..Nikhil” and “I am” said, “Being a LGBTQIA+ representative with no film family background, I’m a double outsider. I had no work for five years after I Am released. Winning National Award made it worse for me. Biases aren’t only restricted to actors, it equally difficult for independent filmmakers like us. You have to have a popular producer or popular star on board to wade ahead. Even after that, when you make a film, you don’t get right promotion and lesser show timings, which destroys you further. Many are saying OTT is changing the game. But, it’s no different. Some of these platforms liked my story pitches but have told me to get a good producer/ actor on board. So, back to square one.”

Hitesh Kewalya

The director of very famous “Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan said, “In this creative field, one can’t pretend to be good writer or filmmaker. The first seven scripts I wrote didn’t work out even though all were liked by those we approached. Had I been in one of these groups, things would’ve been different. But I didn’t want to. And I turned to TV, creative writing to keep myself going. And that patience paid off. To be fair, favouritism is everywhere, but if you have it, you’ll get there.”

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