The in­dus­try se­lec­tively ig­nores or scru­ti­nises

...says ac­tor Ran­vir Shorey in a can­did con­ver­sa­tion as he dis­cusses the film in­dus­try

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Ac­tor Ran­vir Shorey (above) says that he loves be­ing an ac­tor and what­ever he has achieved is all be­cause of the film in­dus­try.

“There is no busi­ness like showbiz, they say, and I to­tally be­lieve in that. What­ever I have to­day, I owe it to the in­dus­try. Be it my friends, my fam­ily... I owe my be­ing to it,” says Shorey, who is mar­ried to ac­tor Konkona Sen Sharma.

But there are a few things about the in­dus­try that the Bheja Fry ac­tor doesn’t like much or would like to change, if he could. “Depend­ing on your sur­name, you are se­lec­tively ig­nored or se­lec­tively scru­ti­nised in the in­dus­try, and that’s a bit un­set­tling,” he says.

That the pro­fes­sion is emo­tion­ally drain­ing also adds woes. “There is no job se­cu­rity, be­cause you don’t know if the film you are do­ing will work for you. But then again, another film works and you are al­right,” laughs Shorey, who was re­cently seen in a biopic on the free­dom fighter Gour Hari Das.

He adds that he would be hap­pier if the film busi­ness be­comes more than just about rak­ing moolah at the box of­fice. “We are a cap­i­tal­ist so­ci­ety, and movie mak­ing has be­come prin­ci­pally about money mak­ing. I wish telling sto­ries through films, would be taken with equal se­ri­ous­ness. I know that the mon­e­tary part is im­por­tant, but wouldn’t it be great if we could achieve a mar­riage of the two — make money and tell good sto­ries... the au­di­ence likes con­tent-driven cin­ema,” he says.

What­ever I have to­day, I owe it to the in­dus­try. Be it my friends, my fam­ily... I owe my be­ing to it

Depend­ing on your sur­name, you are se­lec­tively ig­nored or scru­ti­nised in the in­dus­try Ran­vir Shorey, ac­tor

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