New Delhi: Director Vivek Agnihotri is known for always speaking his mind, he has been very open in criticising Bollywood or calling out its ‘hypocrisy’. After speaking in detail about the present drought in the Hindi film industry, the director has now shared Bollywood’s ‘inside story’.
‘The Kashmir Files’ director posted a long note on Twitter on Bollywood’s darkest secrets. He said it’s not just a hub of talent but also a ‘cemetery’ of talent and how actors get into drugs and alcohol. He wrote, “What you see is not Bollywood. Real Bollywood is found in its dark alleys. Its underbelly is so dark that it’s impossible for a common man to fathom. In these dark alleys, you can find shattered dreams, trampled dreams, buried dreams. If Bollywood is a museum of talent, then it’s also a cemetery of talent. It’s not about rejection. Anyone who comes here, knows that rejection is part of the deal. It’s the humiliation and exploitation which shatters tender dreams, hopes and belief in any kind of humanity. One can survive without food but to live without respect, self-worth and hope is impossible. No middle-class youngster grows up ever imagining to be in that situation. It hits so hard that instead of putting up a fight, one gives up. Lucky are those who go back home. Who stay on, break apart.”
Calling some success ‘the most dangerous one’, Vivek wrote, “Those who find some success but not the real one, get into drugs, alcohol and all kind of life-damaging stuff. Now they need money. So, they get introduced to all kinds of funny money. Some success is the most dangerous one. You are in showbiz without any income & power. You have to look like a star, party like a star, PR like a star but you aren’t a star. Imagine yourself in a gangsta ghetto where you have to behave like a gangster without a gun or knife. This is where you are open to humiliation & exploitation. Instagram is not free. It demands money to shoot, look good, sound busy.”
He concluded by saying “hollow race of validation” brings them back to where they started from. “This hollow race of validation brings you back to where you started from the dark hole, which keeps getting deeper and deeper with each race. You show off, nobody sees. You scream, no one hears. You cry. no one cares. All you find is surrounded by people laughing at you. You bury your dreams. Quietly. But then you find people dancing on the grave of your dreams. Your failure becomes their celebration. You are a dead man walking. Irony is nobody can see you are dead except for you. One day, you literally die. And then the world sees you,” he concluded.
Vivek Agnihotri’s next film is ‘The Delhi Files’ which will release in 2024. The film is said to be based on the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.