"That matters, not your talent. That’s unfortunate."
Vivek Oberoi opened up about Bollywood and said that it has become an “exclusive club” where surnames matter more than talent.
He also spoke about the mistakes he made throughout his career and if he has any regrets.
The actor said: “Regret is not the word I would choose.
“I believe you regret when you are not happy where they got you. If you take a wrong turn, and it is a bumpy road and you land at a place where there is nothing but scenic beauty around you.
“Then you thank that bumpy road. I am in that space where every single part of my journey, I treasure and I smile about it and laugh about it.
“As far as practical aspects of it, being a senior who has been around for 20 years, I do feel we have missed a trick or two.
“One big complaint that I have against my industry is that we haven’t developed the nursery that nurtures young talent.
“It is difficult. We made it into this exclusive club where it is either surname or who you know or which lobby or which darbar you do a salaam at.
“That matters, not your talent. That’s unfortunate.”
Elaborating on his comments, Vivek continued:
“For any industry to thrive, for any industry to grow, you need fresh ideas, you need people coming in and you need to be a welcoming space and not a space that goes on (to say), ‘Listen this is an exclusive club, and unless you have the right surname or the right contact, you are not in.
“That, to me, is unfortunate. I love that the OTT is playing the part of that nursery where we are discovering and nurturing stars as we watch content online.
“We watch The Scam 1992 and Pratik Gandhi becomes a star. That gives me great joy.
“That is something I (also try to do) in my own small, humble way.”
“I attempt to bring in fresh talent, support new actors and remove any kind of hierarchical structure in the movies that I do.
“When I did this show (Inside Edge), for the small women empowerment story that I have in my head, I requested Excel (producers Excel Entertainment) to put Richa Chadha’s name above mine.
“Even though technically, I have been in the industry longer than her, I said ‘no let it be starring Richa Chadha and then Vivek Oberoi, that is fine’ and that is something I celebrate.
“I celebrate all my women colleagues, I celebrate Richa as a great actor and I am fortunate to have worked with her.
“That equanimity, that sense of doing away with all hierarchical structures and just being creative people having fun on sets, is what should drive it.”
Vivek Oberoi made the comments following the release of sports drama, Inside Edge season 3, in which he plays sports management company owner Vikrant Dhawan.