"Let our Friday come."
Bollywood director, Vishal Bhardwaj has denied claims stating that Bollywood is not a toxic industry, instead, people are trying to destroy its image.
Ever since the unfortunate demise of the late Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput, numerous debates have been triggering including the ‘insider versus outsider’ debate.
The director, who does not belong to a film background has revealed that he has enjoyed a lovely experience in the film industry.
He believes people in the film fraternity are always supporting one another. He said:
“I don’t personally feel there is toxic work culture. I believe there is so much love in our work culture. The film unit becomes like a complete family. There is such a beautiful work culture (here).”
On Friday, 25 September 2020, during a virtual press conference of Screenwriters Association (SWA) Awards, Bhardwaj commented on the on-going scandals about Bollywood. He said:
“I believe all this is rubbish about toxic working culture. Ours is a beautiful industry which has been ruined due to vested interest and we all know about this.”
Vishal Bhardwaj continued to mention that some people have “vested interest” therefore they are trying to portray Bollywood as “toxic.” He added:
“And we also know why it is happening. So please forgive us, leave us on our own. We are doing good.
“It has nothing to do with insider or outsider. All this nonsense has been made up. We are like a family. I never felt like an outsider in the industry.
“Whatever little I have felt, that might happen in any other profession. The emotional support that you get here, that you might not get in any other work culture.
“It is a beautiful industry, there is no toxic culture.”
The Haider (2014) director ended on a positive note saying:
“This is one side bowling happening. We are yet to get to (the) ball because our theatres are closed. Those who are abusing are the ones who go and purchase tickets to watch films. Let our Friday come.”
As well as the ‘insider versus outsider’ debate, Bollywood has been linked to drugs. Several Bollywood A-listers including Deepika Padukone, Shraddha Kapoor and Sara Ali Khan are being interrogated for the same.
Rhea Chakraborty was arrest on 8 September 2020 for procuring drugs in relation to Sushant Singh Rajput’s death case. She was denied bail.
It appears Bollywood is suffering from this defamation.