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Manoj Bajpayee speaks up on nepotism in Bollywood. Nepotism did not exist 20 years back says Manoj.

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Bollywood actor Manoj Bajpayee has joined the debate on Bollywood nepotism. In an interview with a news channel, Manoj said that the industry celebrates mediocrity, and ignores those that are actually talented. The debate was reignited after the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput, who had frequently spoken about the difficulties that an outsider has to face in the industry.

“Let me start with this, the world is not fair. I have been saying this for 20 years that as an industry we celebrate mediocrity. Forget about the industry, as a nation we celebrate mediocrity. Something is lacking somewhere — in our thought process, our value system. When we see talent, we immediately want to ignore or push it away. This is the value system of ours which is so deplorable,” Manoj said.

He added, “In this industry, what I’ve learned is that it has become imperative to improve upon ourselves. To push and encourage, support, mentoring talent should be the prime focus. Also, we should help those who’re coming from outside, living alone in the most miserable conditions, but have got talent.”

Bajpayee explains at length, giving examples of other actors who also came in the industry around the same time as him.

“I remember, people were coming from outside — some were becoming successful, some not, for whatever reason, but it was never about insider-outsider. I mean in the same industry, Shah Rukh Khan, at the same time Akshay Kumar and Suniel Shetty came in. Ajay Devgn’s father was a very well-known action director. So many people from inside outside, that you call, were coming in. People found them interesting, they went with them, but these words ‘insider-outsider’, and the division between them, and the debate, started happening only about two decades back. Why? Why is this talk happening? The industry has to ask themselves,” says the actor.

Manoj, who worked with Sushant in Sonchiriya, said that the industry needs to check itself or it will keep facing flak by the audience. “I have said it before that this industry has wasted talent; so much that in any other country those talents who have not been given their due here, would have been known as the best actors of the world. But we don’t care. Firstly, if you don’t have talent then you have to be extremely lucky to get by. This is the system I am talking about. This is the cold value of this industry. I am not blaming anyone. I am a part of this industry. This is why I said in my past interviews that we have to look inward and rectify that. Rectify, or you will keep getting flak for it, cursed for it and will keep on losing the respect of the common people,” he said.

Given the current crisis and no update on when the theatres will open, many producers and directors are taking the web route to release their ready and pending films. When Bajpayee was asked whether he’s conscious about the platforms where the release of his film, he is quick to negate the idea.

“Had it mattered, I wouldn’t have done the web show The Family Man, or a web film Mrs. Serial Killer. I’ve done three-four short films that have done wonders. If the content is great and I’m convinced, I go ahead and do it,” Bajpayee says.