Don’t pre­tend you’re not a prod­uct of nepo­tism: Vikram Bhatt tells daugh­ter

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Aweek be­fore his daugh­ter Kr­ishna dons the di­rec­tor's hat, film­maker Vikram Bhatt has writ­ten an open let­ter to her, of­fer­ing some words of wis­dom on how to tackle fame and crit­i­cism. He has asked her not to pre­tend that she is not a prod­uct of nepo­tism. Vikram shared his ad­vice with his daugh­ter via Face­book.

Kr­ishna will be di­rect­ing a “web orig­i­nal”, and he has asked her to not let the word “pos­ter­ity” bother her too much. “After all we are en­ter­tain­ers and not his­to­ri­ans,” wrote Bhatt, who has been in the in­dus­try for over three decades and has helmed movies like Ghu­lam (1998), Raaz (2002) and 1920 (2008).

He warns his daugh­ter that film­mak­ing is even­tu­ally the busi­ness of en­ter­tain­ment.

“Peo­ple come to us to be en­ter­tained. Peo­ple don't come to us for ed­u­ca­tion, moral sci­ence classes or civic lessons. Don't talk down to peo­ple or claim to know more than them. We really don't know more than them. We just have a skill that is all,” he wrote.

He also warned her that she will never be “able to please ev­ery­one” and asked her not to even try.

“There will be some who will call you a prod­uct of nepo­tism and run you down. Don't try to pre­tend that you are not. You are the prod­uct of nepo­tism and that is fine. I have worked hard all my life, so that you have it eas­ier than me,” he ex­plained.

But he added that nepo­tism will only give an op­por­tu­nity. “Suc­cess de­pends on tal­ent and not op­por­tu­nity. There are scores of ex­am­ples of nepo­tism in this place that have failed, some even after more than one chance at it, so re­mem­ber it’s only your tal­ent that will get you by in the fi­nal anal­y­sis,” he opined.

Fac­ing crit­i­cism will be the tough­est, he added.

“Here is the golden rule for any film­maker — make films for the peo­ple who pay to watch your films. Don't lis­ten to any­one who does not pay for (you). He has no in­vest­ment in you or your work,” he said.

Vikram as­serted that apart from new sto­ries, noth­ing works in the Hindi film in­dus­try.

“Try new sto­ries. You may fail and that is okay. Don't be scared to fail. With time this place will make you fear fail­ure but don't fear it. Stay cur­rent. Stay in­no­va­tive,” he added.

“Lastly, my love, don't get caught up in this hall of fame busi­ness. Ev­ery­thing fades with time. How­ever suc­cess­ful you are to­day, there will be a time when you will be for­got­ten. So live life to the fullest,” he said to con­clude the let­ter.

Ac­tor Vah­biz Dorab­jee por­trayed the role of Mag­gie Gyaan Kant in Bahu Ha­mari Ra­jni Kant. But after the show the ac­tor has not been seen in any other show.

Asked about the rea­son be­hind her ab­sence from the small screen, Vahb­biz says she felt that it is bet­ter not to sign any­thing rather than play­ing sim­i­lar char­ac­ters again and again.

“Get­ting type­cast on TV is not what I in­tend to do with my ca­reer. I want to ex­plore as much as pos­si­ble. It’s really an­noy­ing when peo­ple of­fer me sim­i­lar roles, as if we, ac­tors, can’t do any­thing be­yond what we have done so far. The other thing that I don’t like is, while com­ing with an of­fer, they ask about my screen age. How does that mat­ter? Why don’t peo­ple cast me ac­cord­ing to what I look like?”says the ac­tor, who has been a part of shows such as Pyaar Kii Ye Ek Ka­haani and Saraswatichan­dra.

Vah­biz is keen on play­ing strong char­ac­ters on the small screen. “I will never do any­thing small, the char­ac­ter must have some­thing new to of­fer. Be­ing a fem­i­nist, I am keen on por­tray­ing strong roles. Some­thing to do with women em­pow­er­ment would also be in­ter­est­ing to ex­plore,” she says, adding that along with act­ing she is also ful­fill­ing her busi­ness dreams. And the ac­tor says she is happy host­ing a celebrity chat show on the web.

Mean­while, news of Vah­biz sep­a­rat­ing from hus­band ac­tor Vi­vian Dsena was ev­ery­where. Ask if per­sonal is­sues kept her way from work and she says, “Not at all. I am a pos­i­tive per­son and don’t al­low neg­a­tiv­ity to spoil my life. I loved my hus­band and have no re­grets about any­thing. We both have moved on.”

IANS The Raaz di­rec­tor wants his daugh­ter to stay un­af­fected by crit­i­cism, and rather fo­cus on what the au­di­ence wants Shreya Mukher­jee

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