"there are certain actors who are insecure"
Shreyas Talpade has claimed that he was backstabbed by certain Bollywood figures whom he considered friends.
The actor is known for several films like Iqbal and Om Shanti Om.
But he has had his share of ups and downs.
In an interview, he explained that he lacks the skill to market himself, however, he believes that his work should do the talking.
Shreyas had opened up on some of his solo projects failing at the box office.
He said: “Unfortunately, yes. However, if one solo film doesn’t work, doesn’t mean none of the others will.
“Many of my solo films have worked too.
“I think the only thing I lacked was the ability to market myself. I belong to the school of thought that says your work should get you more work.”
Shreyas then elaborated on the matter, claiming that there were certain actors who refused to do films with him.
He also said that people he considered friends had sidelined him.
Shreyas revealed: “I found out that there are certain actors who are insecure about sharing screen space with me and don’t want me in a film.
“I have done certain films for friends only keeping their interests in mind but then I have been back-stabbed by the same friends.
“Then there are friends who go ahead and make films without including me, which makes one question if they are even friends at all.
“Actually, in the industry, 90% of the people are just acquaintances, there are only 10% who actually feel happy when you do well.
“The egos are so fragile here.”
He went on to say that every time he feels upset about his career, he reminds himself that he was responsible for doing Iqbal.
Shreyas Talpade continued: “Even someone like Mr (Amitabh) Bachchan had to go through a bad patch, so who are we?
“He was down and out yet bounced back to reach even greater heights. This is happening with me too.”
“Every time I feel depressed, I remind myself I was the guy who did Iqbal.
“I am happy with where I am today but I am not done; I am still hungry for good roles.
“It’s very important that every actor goes through this patch because it helps you mature over time and value things more.
“I want to die acting… on sets, or on stage while performing.”
On the film front, Shreyas last appeared in the 2019 film Setters.
Shreyas also launched his own OTT platform that showcases plays, live performances and other forms of storytelling.