Abhay Deol takes a dig at Bollywood award shows; says people in the industry lobby against you

Updated: Jun 20, 2020, 12:33 IST | mid-day online correspondent | Mumbai

Sharing his own experience, Abhay Deol spoke about how he along with co-actor Farhan Akhtar got "demoted" at several award functions for their work in the hit film Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara.

Abhay Deol, Hrithik Roshan and Farhan Akhtar/picture courtesy: Abhay Deol's Instagram account
Abhay Deol, Hrithik Roshan and Farhan Akhtar/picture courtesy: Abhay Deol's Instagram account

Sushant Singh Rajput's suicide case has created a wave in Bollywood. One after another, a lot of artistes have confessed to facing bias and shared their side of the story on social media. Sushant Singh Rajput committed suicide on June 14, 2020, and since then, people can't stop speaking about the mistreatment of outsiders in the Bollywood industry.

A few days ago, Ranvir Shorey shared an incident about nepotism. Now, Abhay Deol has come out to explain how "shamelessly" award shows work in Bollywood. Sharing his own personal experience, Abhay spoke about how he along with co-actor Farhan Akhtar got "demoted" at several award functions for their work in the hit film Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara.

 
 
 
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“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

A post shared by Abhay Deol (@abhaydeol) onJun 19, 2020 at 3:15am PDT

Directed by Zoya Akhtar, "Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara" revolves around three friends, Arjun (Hrithik), Kabir (Abhay) and Imraan (Farhan), who discover themselves and aspects of their relationship after they go on a road trip to Spain.

Not only this, but Abhay recently also called out Bollywood celebrities for not voicing problems in their own country, and coming out to support the Black Lives Matter movement in the US.

Sushant Singh Rajput was battling depression over the past few months and undergoing treatment for the same. The untimely death of the actor has come in as a huge shock to Bollywood celebrities and his fans alike.

Sushant started his showbiz journey with Nadira Babbar's Ekjute theatre group in 2008. The actor got his big break in television with Kis Desh Mein Hai Meraa Dil. He became a household name with Balaji Telefilms' Pavitra Rishta in which he played Manav Deshmukh, a role that proved to be a breakthrough and for which he received several awards as Best TV actor.

Sushant's Bollywood journey began when he landed a role in Abhishek Kapoor's Kai Po Che!. Later, he went on to feature in Shuddh Desi Romance, Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! and M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story which helped him find his feet in Bollywood. The actor was also seen in Abhishek Kapoor's Kedarnath, which was debut vehicle for Sara Ali Khan. He was also part of Nitesh Tiwari's multi-starrer blockbuster Chhichhore and critically acclaimed Abhishek Chaubey's Sonchiriya. His last major outing was Netlfix's Drive.

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