"This was there even 30 years ago."
Actress Bhagyashree has stated that Bollywood is not “a bad place at all” despite the ongoing perceptions of the industry.
She became an overnight sensation when she was offered Maine Pyar Kiya in 1989. Bhagyashree was not even planning to enter films at that point.
The actress opened up on the industry at a time where there is a lot of discussion about nepotism and favouritism.
On her experiences, she said: “I have never had any ugly experiences. There probably have been somewhere I might have been a little disillusioned and hoped something would work, but it didn’t work out for some reasons.
“I look at it as a learning experience, maybe something lacking on my part, not being able to fulfil what I wanted.”
Her son Abhimanyu Dassani is also an actor, having made his debut in the 2018 film Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota.
Following the shocking death of Sushant Singh Rajput, Bollywood has been seen in a negative light but Bhagyashree feels differently.
However, she did reveal that there was a negative perception 30 years ago.
“Jab hum filmon mein aa rahe the, tab bhi tha (films are a very bad world, no person from a good family would be allowed to go to the film industry).
“This was there even 30 years ago. Over a period of time, things have changed. You look at it as any other workplace would be.
“There are women in every aspect, right from set designing, to make-up. I would say it still remains an industry.”
She went on to say that it only comes into light because “everyone is associated with the film industry visually, or through social media”.
“Having said that, again, it’s come through real people. We are talking only about Sushant’s untimely demise, but we have been talking about mental issues, suicide or murder cases, which have been happening all over everywhere— it’s just the frustration of people in general, they are not mindful.
“Like I said, being happy with your journey in life is what matters, and in that journey, taking care of people around us.
“How many times we call someone and ask ‘how are you?’ and don’t even wait for them to say ‘I am okay’? We start talking about something else!
“We are not mindful to our own people living in our homes, it’s not about the industry.”
She emphasised that Bollywood is not a “bad place at all”, stating that it is just like any other industry, with good and bad people.
“As is the way of the world. The industry just makes it possible for things to come to light very easily and out there in the open.
“As people in the rest of India like to emulate you, it gives you a sense, of how we should conduct ourselves in public.”