Abhay Deol on his 'demotion' in ZNMD for awards: Not saying they will necessarily change but will be careful
Abhay Deol's post on Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara and his co-stars had come shortly after the demise of Sushant Singh Rajput and when Bollywood's workings came under the scanner.
Abhay Deol fearlessly spoke his mind in June 2020 when he revealed that he was 'demoted' for an awards show to the supporting actor category while his co-star Hrithik Roshan was nominated in the leading actor category. Abhay's post had come shortly after the demise of Sushant Singh Rajput and Bollywood's workings came under the scanner.
It has been four months since then and the actor hopes that his revelation will bring about some change in the industry. Speaking to Zoom TV, in a recent chat, about his demotion Abhay said, "Why should we put Farhan and Abhay in the same category as Hrithik and Katrina? Because they are bigger stars. It doesn’t make sense. The plot of the film is about three friends on a journey and they would so shamelessly go out there and do it. I didn’t say anything at the time, kept quite. I was like forget it, whatever, I just won’t go. Even Zindagi, that was my 10th movie, I had done and said so much already that I felt like I am going to be the only one screaming and will look like bitter or cynical. So forget it."
He added that hopefully people in the industry will now be mindful of their actions. "This was just shameless, it was shocking, it was just out there and it was so blatant. Like we don’t care what people have to say, we can just do this because we can. And that sort of cavalier, cocky attitude needed to go and now they will be more careful. I am not saying they will necessarily change but they will be careful. Just give the award to one you think is the biggest star but don’t demote me and Farhan,” Abhay remarked.
Take a look at Abhay Deol's June 2020 post on the same:
“Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara”, released in 2011. Need to chant this title to myself everyday nowadays! Also a great watch when anxious or stressed. I would like to mention that almost all the award functions demoted me and Farhan from main leads, and nominated us as “supporting actors”. Hrithik and Katrina were nominated as “actors in a leading role”. So by the industry’s own logic, this was a film about a man and a woman falling in love, with the man supported by his friends for whatever decisions he takes. There are many covert and overt ways in which people in the industry lobby against you. In this case it was shamelessly overt. I of course boycotted the awards but Farhan was ok with it. #familyfareawards Very creative artwork @kalakkii