"it’s also a cemetery of talent."
Vivek Agnihotri shared an “inside story” about Bollywood.
The filmmaker explained that it is not just a hub of talent but also a “cemetery” of talent.
He said that those who struggle become entangled in the industry without any income and influence. However, they are forced to fake it.
In a lengthy post, Vivek wrote: “What you see is not Bollywood.
“Real Bollywood is found in its dark alleys. Its underbelly is so dark that it’s impossible for a common man to fathom.
“In these dark alleys, you can find shattered dreams, trampled dreams, buried dreams.
“If Bollywood is a museum of talent, then it’s also a cemetery of talent.
“It’s not about rejection. Anyone who comes here knows that rejection is part of the deal.
“It’s the humiliation and exploitation which shatters tender dreams, hopes and belief in any kind of humanity.
“One can survive without food but to live without respect, self-worth and hope is impossible. No middle-class youngster grows up ever imagining to be in that situation.”
Vivek went on to say that the unsuccessful actors end up in a neverending battle.
He continued: “It hits so hard that instead of putting up a fight, one gives up.
“Lucky are those who go back home. Who stay on, break apart.
“Those who find some success but not the real one, get into drugs, alcohol and all kind of life-damaging stuff.”
“Now they need money. So, they get introduced to all kinds of funny money.
“Some success is the most dangerous one.
“You are in showbiz without any income and power. You have to look like a star, party like a star, PR like a star but you aren’t a star.
“Imagine yourself in a gangsta ghetto where you have to behave like a gangster without a gun or knife.
“This is where you are open to humiliation and exploitation. Instagram is not free. It demands money to shoot, look good, sound busy.”
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— Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri (@vivekagnihotri) August 21, 2022
This “hollow race of validation” brings them back to where they started.
Vivek Agnihotri added: “You show off, nobody sees. You scream, no one hears. You cry, no one cares.
“All you find is surrounded by people laughing at you.
“You bury your dreams. Quietly. But then you find people dancing on the grave of your dreams. Your failure becomes their celebration.
“You are a dead man walking. Irony is nobody can see you are dead except for you. One day, you literally die. And then the world sees you.”