Model Hailey Bieber’s ‘Nepo baby’ T-shirt has revived the conversation about nepotism not only in the West but also in India. However, actor Gulshan Devaiah thinks it’s a “stupid argument”.
“It is not a government task, it is a private enterprise. Everyone will have their own subjective opinion of who is best suited for a particular role and they will make both choices. It’s a really stupid argument that talented people should get the job. Maybe that’s not the right thing to do, but that’s their way. You can’t whine and cry about it. This is not a selection for IAS or IPS that your ranking matters,” argues Devaiah.
The actor, who has been in the industry for 13 years this year, admits that there have been instances where he didn’t get the role because of someone. He explains: “It’s disturbing. I was about to get some roles, but people have veto power and I have no bitterness in my heart. Even this boycott culture is a result of that.”
Taking a leaf out of the conversation, the Duranga actor confesses, he “never felt like an outsider” because he wishes people were “a little nicer to each other.”
“It’s just human nature to blame everything for your unhappiness. (But) We need to stop blaming people and it’s been happening a lot since Sushant (Singh Rajput, actor) passed away. It’s like this whole negativity around things. Of course there are power structures, they have power and they do what they want, but it’s not really a battle or it’s not like all darkness. If you look at the industry in the South, it’s making so many waves. You can name all the actors who are really popular and they all come from families. Everyone has their third and fourth generation at work. But the Hindi film industry is much more democratic, people like me, Vijay Varma, Soham (Shah), Mrunal Thakur, we all work and do well and earn our living from this,” he concludes.
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