A star kid to her Dad, “Dad I have been stalking that Gucci Flora perfume since last two weeks, now it’s finally in stock, and I insanely need it.”
A commoner to his Dad, “Papa (weeps), I have tried giving twelve auditions, but they are not taking me for any role. I know I can really become an actor Papa, but they are not ready to give me any chance.”
“I know my child you are giving your best but these people are very cruel. Come back, my dear, that world is not for us!”
There can’t be any comparison between the star kids and the commoners, because their life is a complete dichotomy of each other. One gives his all, from efforts to family savings to established career, and comes to the Bollywood Town, Mumbai with small, but sublime dreams in his eyes only to be exploited for dreaming something which is larger than life, and the other already living a perfectly manicured lifestyle getting everything on a platter, for whom struggle is just an abstract concept. We talk about nepotism as a very fancy topic just to show how concerned we are about societal trends and shed our responsibility just by yelling on social media and talking nonsense with our friend, failing to realize how serious is the problem of nepotism.
You might be wondering what it takes to get this one opportunity to show one's passion. It takes hundreds of auditions, flattering God-equivalent directors, getting exploited and molested by talent mafias and fraudsters, going through extreme emotional disturbances, losing one’s self-respect and character (often virginity), and even happily accepting the hatred they are sure to get as an outsider. Believe me, this stardom comes with a heavy price. The kind of struggle our youth (commoners) have to go through just to make their little space in this ocean of talent is really unfathomable, and to add to this is the problem of nepotism, which leaves no space for a commoner with uncommon dreams to even show his talent.
Well, to an extent, the question is not what struggle a commoner has to go through in his course of journey; but why just being the son/daughter of someone makes an easy way out for You? Why do You not have to go through the same struggle that a commoner has to go through? Is Your surname a validation certificate for Your talent? Why are we letting the so-called ‘gemologists of talent’ exploit the talent of our exceptional youth who don’t have a surname to boast?
It is rather ironic to say, and a big mockery on our face, that the stars who earn millions from us, when we show our love to their work, don’t want our own brothers and sisters from humble backgrounds to get the same success that they carry! They had solely dominated the industry since so long and now want only their kids to follow the legacy. They don’t want to share their space with anyone who doesn't belong to them, and this should be questioned. And very cunningly they have built this discriminatory terminology, called ‘Outsider.’ They call people who go from us to this industry as an ‘Outsider.’ How dare they? How can they call someone who is working for the same goal, expression of art, as an ‘Outsider’, as if his intentions are something different? The whole space being created in such a way that gradually a commoner completely leaves the idea of sustaining this industry, and eventually it becomes an elite club presenting another example of ‘Queen's Era.’
Yes, our youth (commoner) have the sweat patches when they come to give their auditions, because they have struggled with life, unlike your kids who come in their vanities and get an umbrella shade to reach the audition rooms. Yes, our youth (commoner) have frizzy hair, because they have fought the circumstances and have learnt to handle themselves well in life, unlike your kids who get a staff (stylists, hair & makeup, wardrobe, PR, social media handlers) since birth. Yes, our youth (commoner) has no privilege or superfluous glamour which your kids carry; but that does not mean they are less talented, in any way, than your kids. There is no room for this behavior now. We need to create more democratic space for our talent to breed and grow!
Creativity is the most liberal thing in the universe and has no boundaries, limitations, entitlements or rights. It’s like the soothing breeze which is transcendental to any worldly concept, free from constraints of perfections and imperfections. It’s something which makes one feel fulfilled and happy. While writing this blog only one vision came to my mind, the picture of happy and fulfilled youth, expressing their talent freely to unlock their potential, not as outsiders but as artistes who want to make a difference!
"And each of them empowering many like them, not as their responsibility, but as their prerogative creating a space which is more warm, inclusive, independent and fulfilling!"
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