There is no Bollywood mafia, says Naseeruddin Shah

Muhammad UsmanMultimedia Journalist

18th Aug, 2020. 06:45 pm

Veteran Bollywood actor Naseeruddin Shah rubbishes all the narratives regarding Bollywood mafia in an interview.

During an interview, the Ishqiya actor called Sushant Singh Rajput’s death sickening and said that people are trying to voice their own grudges with the industry by using the tragic death of the young actor.

“It is absolutely sickening. I have not followed it. I felt deeply grieved when the young man died. I did not know him but he had a bright future and it was a waste of life. But I did not bother to follow the nonsense that’s being spouted by a whole lot of people. Every person who has any little frustration in his mind, in his heart, about the commercial industry, has been vomiting it out to the press. It is absolutely disgusting. I mean, keep these complaints to yourself, no one is interested,” said Shah.

The Mohra actor also took a polite shot at Bollywood actress Kangna Ranaut, called her half-educated starlet, and asked people to believe in the law.

“No one is interested in the opinions of some half-educated starlet who decides to take it upon herself to, you know, get justice for Sushant. If there is justice that needs to be done, I think we need to have faith in the process of the law and if it is none of our business, I think we should not concern ourselves with it.”

He also negated the “insider-outsider” debate that started after Sushant’s death. He said,

“I don’t understand this insider-outsider nonsense that’s going on. I mean, it’s a whole lot of rubbish and we should be put an end to this. Why would not I, who have had a secure happy life as an actor, encourage my son to go into the same profession? Would not an industrialist do it, would not a lawyer do it, would not a doctor not do it? Would not anybody do it? You mean to say that Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s descendants should not have become singers?”

He concluded by saying that there is no such thing as Nepotism in the industry and people just can’t target any celebrity and tagged him as “Media Mafia”.

“This is all a concoction of certain imaginative minds, ‘the mafia in the industry’. Naturally, I’ll give preference to people I like and the people with who I work well. If they also happen to be famous, or they happen to be the children of famous people, how the hell is it their fault? There is no mafia. I have not ever felt any obstacle to my work. I’ve made very slow progress over the last 40-45 years in my profession, but I’ve never felt that there’s some obstacle that is preventing me from getting to where I deserve.”

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