EXCLUSIVE: Amid nepotism debate, Manoj Bajpayee urges encouraging new stars, says we need to look inward first

Manoj Bajpayee will soon be seen in Bhonsle. Ahead of its release, the actor got candid with Pinkvilla and shared his thoughts on the nepotism in Bollywood.
EXCLUSIVE: Amid nepotism debate, Manoj Bajpayee urges encouraging new stars, says we need to look inward firstEXCLUSIVE: Amid nepotism debate, Manoj Bajpayee urges encouraging new stars, says we need to look inward first
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Sushant Singh Rajput's sudden demise has reignited the debate over nepotism in Bollywood. Karan Johar, Alia Bhatt, Sonam Kapoor and many others have been brought to the spotlight following the actor's untimely death. While fans have been taking various steps to express their thoughts on the nepotism debate online, in a recent interview with Pinkvilla, Manoj Bajpayee shared his thoughts on the discussion. The actor said it was important that newcomers - whether they come from filmy backgrounds or not - should be welcomed and encouraged. 

Bajpayee urged people shouldn't compare two actors' journeys. However, he shares his thought on how those with power could help people in the industry. Speaking of a habit he has been practising, he said, "When I spot a talent, I encourage the talent. I think we should start using our privileges to help talents. Make talents feel you are welcomed. Make everyone in the industry feel that all of us are one fraternity. It can't be insider and outsider. 'Who started this?' ask that question." 

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When asked if the audience should be brought under the scanner, Bajpayee said, "First, we have to correct ourselves. We as an industry. First, we have to rectify ourselves to be able to question the audience. How (will) audiences see a film if Manoj Bajpayee's Budhia Singh is taken off after five days or six or seven days. How can I blame them? First, we'll have to correct our system. First, we (should) look inward and think, very seriously, as to what are the problems we have and after working on that, then definitely we (can) ask the question from the audience." 

Watch Manoj Bajpayee's interview here: 

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Anonymous 2 weeks ago

Umm.. Well i think we just need talent in Bollywood, it shouldn't bother that If he or she is star kid or outsider. And this rule shud be applied on Bollywood also. Post it pinkvilla. Please ppl understand my point.

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

Almost 2 weeks since SSR's demise and I still mourn. I can't imagine what people close to him must feel. Manoj and SSR genuine affection for one another can be seen in a Q&A for sonchiriya promotion. I saw that portion of the interview repeatedly, made me happy. Rest peacefully dearest and much loved Sushant. Thank you Manoj for talking about your fond remembrances of him.

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