The insiders versus outsiders debate rages on in Bollywood in the aftermath on Sushant Singh Rajput’s demise, with many coming ahead and slamming the tradition of sidelining in the movie trade. Admitting that it’s a legitimate debate, actor Arjan Bajwa — an outsider himself — says on the finish of the day, it’s all about access which the star children have and others don’t.
He explains, “If you’re not from the film industry, how would you know people? How will they know who you are? For somebody like me, who doesn’t come from a film family, access happens when you show your talent repeatedly. For an outsider, who is no one’s son or daughter or nephew or niece, the only way to gain access is to show your work, your merit, that’s when people notice you.”
In his case additionally, the actor shares he needed to work further onerous to get his foot in the door and show himself first by doing ads and music movies, earlier than somebody determined to provide him a movie.
“People are talking about how it’s all about talent whether insider or outsider, and that even the star kids have to prove their mettle. But for your talent to come on screen, you need an access. If you’re an outsider, without that access, what’s your talent going to do sitting at home. Talent comes later, it’s all about access in Bollywood,” asserts the 40-year-old.
Bajwa, who has starred in movies resembling Guru (2007), Fashion (2008), Rustom (2016) and Kabir Singh (2019), says it’s certainly very “difficult” for non-film background individuals to make a spot in Bollywood.
“I didn’t have any Godfather or was not given an easy platform. Whatever I did, was on merit. I’d consider myself fortunate that I got to be a part of big films,” he ends.
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