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