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Richa Chadha Fire On Bollywood

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A month after the demise of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput, Richa Chadha bid the actor farewell in a heartfelt blog post. She shared that Sushant was an old friend of hers, and that ever since he has died, everyone has been fixated on talking about nepotism rather than discussing what can be done to make things better.

“It is being said that the industry seems to be divided between ‘insiders’ and ‘outsiders’? In  my opinion the Hindi film industry and it’s entire eco-system is only divided between kind and unkind people,” she wrote.

She said that as an outsider, the system feels like a food chain and people abuse their power when they know what they can get away with. “In the brief time that I have spent here as the first person of my lineage, my assessment is that the industry operates like a food chain. People are scoundrels when they know they can get away with it. Those who are anguished today have themselves been cruel to their subordinates. You hate your bully for not being ethical with you, while bullying someone working under you as though it is a rite of passage for them.”

Her views on nepotism might seem unpopular, but invoke logic and better sense into a hateful argument. “As for nepotism, it just makes me laugh out loud in real life.  I don’t hate “star kids”.  Why are we expected to? If someone’s father is a star, they are born into that household the same as we are to our folks. Are you ashamed of your parents ? Is it right to expect someone else to be ashamed of their parents/families/legacy? This is a hateful and nonsense argument. I am a self-made person in this business. Will you tell my children to be ashamed of my struggle to reach where I have, for instance?,” the actor wrote.

“Several directors were seen sharing condolence messages a month ago. So many among these have run down movies of their peers pre-release, have replaced actresses who refused to sleep with them at the last minute and several have in fact repeatedly forecasted ‘iska kuch nahi hoga’. Invariably, many such soothsayers only end up making bhurji with the eggs on their face. You’re not God. Stop infecting the world with your jadedness and cynicism.”

“In this business, one can’t even trust one’s own agency/manager because they will steal from you, even though as talent you may deposit all your trust and confidence in that one person/agency.”

“I saw journalists, publicists, film promotion people post messages of how they were sick of the business and its ‘toxicity’. Some among these are the most venomous people you might come across. They don’t think twice before sacrificing anyone’s life and sanity at the altar of headlines and TRPs. They themselves could be under-investigation on charges of fraud, rape, paedophilia but will not desist from participating in the demonstration of the very hierarchy they claim to hate. They cannot even spell the word ‘hypocrisy’ correctly but still sit in judgement, sometimes as wannabe ‘woke’ twitterati and sometimes as interviewers who provoke and lie shamelessly,” she wrote.

The actor also went on to share a memory with Sushant from ten years ago. “Sushant and I started out by workshopping together in a theatre group. I was sharing a 700 sq ft apartment in Andheri West with a friend from Delhi. Sushant would pick me up on his bike and we would head to the rehearsal, for which I was grateful. I wasn’t poor or broke. But I can’t say money was not a consideration when I had to head out to do an ad audition for a skin brand. I would worry about my make up melting in the auto rickshaw before I even arrived. This was would NEVER happen with a ‘star-kid’, and if it does, they will be lauded for being humble enough to take the rickshaw in the first place. But I don’t resent their privilege,” she shared. {sic}

She said that as an outsider, the system feels like a food chain and people abuse their power when they know what they can get away with. “In the brief time that I have spent here as the first person of my lineage, my assessment is that the industry operates like a food chain. People are scoundrels when they know they can get away with it. Those who are anguished today have themselves been cruel to their subordinates. You hate your bully for not being ethical with you, while bullying someone working under you as though it is a rite of passage for them.”

Her views on nepotism might seem unpopular, but invoke logic and better sense into a hateful argument. “As for nepotism, it just makes me laugh out loud in real life.  I don’t hate “star kids”.  Why are we expected to? If someone’s father is a star, they are born into that household the same as we are to our folks. Are you ashamed of your parents ? Is it right to expect someone else to be ashamed of their parents/families/legacy? This is a hateful and nonsense argument. I am a self-made person in this business. Will you tell my children to be ashamed of my struggle to reach where I have, for instance?,” the actor wrote.

“Several directors were seen sharing condolence messages a month ago. So many among these have run down movies of their peers pre-release, have replaced actresses who refused to sleep with them at the last minute and several have in fact repeatedly forecasted ‘iska kuch nahi hoga’. Invariably, many such soothsayers only end up making bhurji with the eggs on their face. You’re not God. Stop infecting the world with your jadedness and cynicism.”

“In this business, one can’t even trust one’s own agency/manager because they will steal from you, even though as talent you may deposit all your trust and confidence in that one person/agency.”

“I saw journalists, publicists, film promotion people post messages of how they were sick of the business and its ‘toxicity’. Some among these are the most venomous people you might come across. They don’t think twice before sacrificing anyone’s life and sanity at the altar of headlines and TRPs. They themselves could be under-investigation on charges of fraud, rape, paedophilia but will not desist from participating in the demonstration of the very hierarchy they claim to hate. They cannot even spell the word ‘hypocrisy’ correctly but still sit in judgement, sometimes as wannabe ‘woke’ twitterati and sometimes as interviewers who provoke and lie shamelessly,” she wrote.

The actor also went on to share a memory with Sushant from ten years ago. “Sushant and I started out by workshopping together in a theatre group. I was sharing a 700 sq ft apartment in Andheri West with a friend from Delhi. Sushant would pick me up on his bike and we would head to the rehearsal, for which I was grateful. I wasn’t poor or broke. But I can’t say money was not a consideration when I had to head out to do an ad audition for a skin brand. I would worry about my make up melting in the auto rickshaw before I even arrived. This was would NEVER happen with a ‘star-kid’, and if it does, they will be lauded for being humble enough to take the rickshaw in the first place. But I don’t resent their privilege,” she shared. {sic}

Image Credit: Richa Chadha

The actor shared that she would like to present a revolutionary idea, one that explores many facets of the truth. “Here I present the revolutionary idea, that both things can be true. That ‘star-kids’ don’t have it easy, albeit they have it exponentially easier as compared to an ‘outsider’; and that the ‘outsider’ experience rarely has a happy ending here. Therefore, when someone asks if I suffer because I am not a “star-kid”, I declare loud and proud that in fact I am. My parents aren’t just stars, they are superstars for raising me right.”

It feels like the actor has taken her time to deal with the loss, and has presented a balanced view to approach things. It is important to remember that while we talk about the importance of mental health, and how some suffer because the system is broken, we shouldn’t become the cogs that keep the wheel of the same broken system running.

Courtesy – idiva

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