‘Fake au­di­tions take place in Bol­ly­wood just to cre­ate buzz’

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - Comment - Shreya Mukher­jee

It took Bidita Bag al­most a decade to carve a niche for her­self in Bol­ly­wood. While the strug­gle is still on, the ac­tor is happy that now, peo­ple at least know her by face. Call­ing her­self “a vic­tim”, she ad­mits that nepo­tism ex­ists in show­biz.

“I faced many re­jec­tions in th­ese 12 years. I had the op­tion to be de­pressed or evolve as a stronger hu­man be­ing and find a way out of it. I chose the lat­ter,” she says, adding that things went down­hill when her de­but film, From Syd­ney with Love (2012), failed.

“We didn’t get many cinema halls. The pro­ducer went into de­pres­sion. Many fake au­di­tions hap­pen just to cre­ate buzz that ev­ery­one is given an op­por­tu­nity. In real­ity, es­tab­lished ac­tors or in­sid­ers have al­ready been fi­nalised,” she as­serts.

She is, how­ever, not happy about the way some peo­ple are be­ing tar­geted over ac­tor Sushant Singh Ra­jput’s death. “Ev­ery­one talk­ing about it does make a dif­fer­ence. But, it’s turn­ing neg­a­tive, the way peo­ple are abus­ing and threat­en­ing star kids as if they are re­spon­si­ble for every­thing that hap­pened to Sushant. If some peo­ple are born priv­i­leged, that’s not their fault,” she opines.

Hav­ing said that, Bag, 28, shares that she would like to work with film­mak­ers Karan Jo­har and Aditya Cho­pra, but never got the op­por­tu­nity. “That doesn’t mean I’ll blame them for every­thing,” she rea­sons.

Re­cently, Bag’s Babu­moshai Ban­dook­baaz (2017) co-star Nawazud­din Sid­diqui’s per­sonal life was in the news, af­ter his es­tranged wife lev­elled charges against him and his fam­ily. Ask her about it and she says, “That’s his per­sonal life. All I can say is I had a won­der­ful work­ing re­la­tion­ship with him. He’s been a sup­port­ive co-star. I never felt any dis­com­fort. I feel bad that he is go­ing through a dif­fi­cult time.”

Bidita Bag

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