"there's something wrong with our industry."
Vivek Oberoi has called out Bollywood, believing that the industry is not capable of taking criticism.
He went on to say that he wonders why there is a hesitancy to accept the loopholes and flaws.
The actor’s comments come as the first death anniversary of Sushant Singh Rajput approaches.
Vivek pointed out: “We have our good side, but we refuse to acknowledge our bad side.
“For any individual, industry, or fraternity to flourish, one needs to know how many flaws we have, our mistakes and the wrongs of the industry.”
He added: “But we have a little bit of ostrich syndrome.
“Because we don’t acknowledge that there’s something wrong with our industry.”
Sushant Singh Rajput was tragically found dead at his apartment in Mumbai on June 14, 2020.
His death was ruled as suicide and it resulted in several points of discussion, from nepotism to the ruthless ways of Bollywood.
What remains unanswered is whether it has led to change within Bollywood.
Referencing Sushant’s death, Vivek continued:
“Last year, there was a major tragedy in our industry.
“Then also nobody wanted to really and truly acknowledge that there is something systematically wrong (in the industry), and just wanted to write it off as an incident that happened.
“Whether it is a big star or a small actor, when we lose people due to some unfortunate incident, it should lead to introspection.”
However, the lack of introspection remains Vivek’s biggest criticism about Bollywood, which he joined in 2002.
“There are a lot of things in the industry that I’m proud of.
“But there are also things that I’m not proud of, and we should be okay to speak about it openly.
“I don’t know why we are scared to openly talk about it.”
On what changes he wishes to see in the industry, Vivek Oberoi added:
“We should take criticism just like we take love, and appreciation.
“We should be able to accept it with the same spirit.
“We need to realise and recognise our mistakes. That’s the first step towards change.”
On the subject of nepotism, Vivek Oberoi previously said that he does not identify with it.
Despite being the son of actor Suresh Oberoi, Vivek stated that he does not relate to it as he faced tough experiences on his own.
He said: “The nepotism debate doesn’t irritate me for the simple reason because I’ve never looked at myself as somebody who tried to kind of benefit from my dad.
“Right from the beginning, I didn’t take that silver spoon, which was being offered to me in the form of a grand launchpad. I struggled on my own.
“He’s a great father, my friend, my guide and critic, but I’ve always been very independent.
“After the age of 15, I never took money from my father. I started earning, doing radio being a voice-over artiste and people didn’t know whose son I was.”