• Divya Sharma

In solidarity with Bollywood: Statement from PGI

Updated: Sep 11, 2020

After the shocking death of Bollywood rising star Sushant Singh Rajput, the Bollywood industry faced a lot of allegations such as nepotism and how difficult it is for an outsider to survive in the industry. People and especially the media is blaming the industry for Sushant's death. Thus, the Producer Guild of India Issued an open letter on twitter stating how not everyone in Bollywood is earning through nepotism and it is a world full of creative and talented people be it, anyone. The statement also shows how the tragic death of Sushant Singh Rajput is used as a tool to defame the Bollywood industry and some people related to it.

The open letter read how the industry has given work to numerous people. The film industry has its "imperfections", accepted Guild in the statement. However, they stated that like any other sector, there is an ongoing attempt to improve and that to "paint an entire industry with the same brush is a gross misrepresentation of reality".

"This has ensured that we are one of the few countries in the world to still have a vibrant and thriving local film industry across multiple languages, despite the decades-long onslaught of Hollywood," the statement read. The industry has contributed generously to "national causes in times of need, and has readily offered its resources name, recognition, time and funds whenever called upon to do so, and often even without having to be called upon".The Guild clarified: "Being born into the industry most definitely affords you the privilege of access and a first break, but after that, it is up to each individual's talent, hard work, and drives to propel them forward."They continued the statement by addressing to "come together instead of tearing each other apart."

A lot of Bollywood actors, directors, producers, and people related to the Bollywood industry such as Kareena Kapoor Khan, Sonam Kapoor, Angad Bedi, Dia Mirza, Hansal Mehta, Ram Gopal Verma, Zoya Akhtar, Ekta Kapoor retweeted the open letter in solidarity with the industry.

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