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Nepotism 2.0: After actors, now filmmakers open up about brush with biases, hope for a level playing field

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Dialogues around the existence of nepotism and favouritism in Bollywood have been on for quite some time now. However, everyone, till now, has majorly talked about actors — insiders having an easy access and outsiders losing out on good projects. But what probably goes unnoticed is that filmmakers, too, face such biases that act as roadblocks in their creative flow. Here, we talk to some of the critically acclaimed filmmakers, who admit that gangs, camps and coteries do exist in Bollywood, and it’s up to the person to decide if they want to join those or tread their own path.

Vasan Bala

Directed: Peddlers (2012), Mard Ko Dard Nahin Hota (2018)

Vasan Bala

Vasan Bala

It’s important to create a healthy ecosystem. Being a rank outsider, I’ve mostly faced rejections. The moment your film makes Rs 100-200 crore, things become smooth. Everyone’s ready to make a film with you. But would ranting about such things help? For some it does, but I want to use the time to work on more stories. How long will they reject your work if you’ve the capability? We need people like Anurag Kashyap, Vishal Bhardwaj, who created a healthy environment by giving newcomers like us opportunities.

Madhur Bhandarkar

Directed: Page 3 (2005), Fashion (2008), Heroine (2012)

Madhur Bhandarkar

Madhur Bhandarkar

I didn’t join any gang and trusted my audience, but this approach isn’t easy. I know since I’ve faced it. It does affect creative minds like us. Many also didn’t like the fact that my films showed the real side of the glamour world. Getting producers to actors were also difficult at some point. But the more you push me, I’ll bounce back. The song in Page 3 kind of says it all, ‘Kitne ajeeb rishtey hai yaha pe, Do pal milte hai saath saath chalte hai, Jab mod aaye toh bach ke nikalte hai…’

Leena Yadav

Directed: Parched (2015), Rajma Chawal (2018)

Leena Yadav

Leena Yadav

The challenge for filmmakers is to tell stories the way they want to. I don’t compromise on the narrative and my vision for financial gain. Sometimes, this struggle makes you think if you’re in the right profession. Getting to work with the right kind of people takes time, unless you’re ready to let go of certain things. For both insiders and outsiders, struggles are different at different levels. No one knows what would work.

Onir

Directed: My Brother… Nikhil (2005), I Am (2011)

Onir

Onir

Being a LGBTQIA+ representative with no film family background, I’m a double outsider. I had no work for five years after I Am released. Winning National Award made it worse for me. Biases aren’t only restricted to actors, it equally difficult for independent filmmakers like us. You have to have a popular producer or popular star on board to wade ahead. Even after that, when you make a film, you don’t get right promotion and lesser show timings, which destroys you further. Many are saying OTT is changing the game. But, it’s no different. Some of these platforms liked my story pitches but have told me to get a good producer/ actor on board. So, back to square one.

Hitesh Kewalya

Directed: Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan (2020)

Hitesh Kewalya

Hitesh Kewalya

In this creative field, one can’t pretend to be good writer or filmmaker. The first seven scripts I wrote didn’t work out even though all were liked by those we approached. Had I been in one of these groups, things would’ve been different. But I didn’t want to. And I turned to TV, creative writing to keep myself going. And that patience paid off. To be fair, favouritism is everywhere, but if you have it, you’ll get there.

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Neighbours updates opening titles after Pierce Greyson recast

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Neighbours is updating its opening titles to reflect the Pierce Greyson recast.

Digital Spy can give an exclusive first look at the new sequence in our video at the top of the page.

This week’s episodes in Australia will see Don Hany make his first appearance as Pierce, after signing up to take over from Tim Robards in the role.

Tim’s last episode as Pierce aired on Australian screens on Monday (October 19).

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The tweaked titles see Don’s version of Pierce spending time outside the local café with his wife Chloe (April Rose Pengilly) and son Hendrix (Benny Turland).

This takes the place of a similar shot from the old titles, which saw Tim’s version of Pierce in the same scenario.

Neighbours fans in Australia will see the new titles later this week, while they air on UK screens in November.

The show announced Pierce’s recast in August after Tim had to bow out earlier than planned.

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Due to changing regulations and travel restrictions in Australia amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Tim finished filming four weeks early and chose to fly back to Sydney to be with his wife ahead of the birth of their first child.

Don will be playing Pierce for a few weeks, finishing off the character’s exit storyline.

Neighbours airs weekdays at 1.45pm and 5.30pm on Channel 5 (UK) and 6.30pm on 10 Peach (Australia).


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Anupama Upcoming Story 20th October 2020 : Kavya attempts to ruin Anupama and Vanraj’s wedding

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Today’s episode starts with Anupama starring at Vanraj. Vanraj starts stunned. It was Vanraj’s dream. Leela asks Kavya why she was late. Kavya says she was stuck with something. She adds she wasn’t present but she will take part in further rituals. Kavya asks Vanraj to fill Anupama’s hairline with sindoor. Vanraj stands confused and follows her order. Kavya next asks Vanraj to tie mangalsutra in Anupama’s neck.

Today’s episode starts with Anupama starring at Vanraj. Vanraj starts stunned. It was Vanraj’s dream. Leela asks Kavya why she was late. Kavya says she was stuck with something. She adds she wasn’t present but she will take part in further rituals. Kavya asks Vanraj to fill Anupama’s hairline with sindoor. Vanraj stands confused and follows her order. Kavya next asks Vanraj to tie mangalsutra in Anupama’s neck.

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Here, Paritosh, Nandini and Sanjay alert Kavya to stay away from Anupama and Vanraj. Kavya says wedding is incomplete without bride crying and her vidai. Leela and others agree. Vanraj thinks why Kavya is behaving weird. Kavya performs a dance on ‘ye galiayn ye chaubara’ song. Anupmaa and others join her.

Later, Anupama’s mother cries. Anupama goes to console her. There, Vanraj apologize to Kavya. Kavya asks Vanraj not to say sorry. Other side, Anupama’s mother says to Anupama she has bear a lot at Shah’s house. Anupma says no and explains Vanraj gave her much happiness. Ahead, Hasmukh and Leela plan for Vanraj and Anupama’s ‘griah pravesh’. Kavya stands at Anupama’s side. Hamukh asks why she us standing at brides side. Kavya says half function she has performed from groom’s side now half she will perform from bride side.

Kavya stands behind Anupama and Vanraj. She loses the tie of Anupama and Vanraj and smirks. Anupama prays to God and says she again stepping inside the house so bless her. She enters the house. Kavya stops Vanraj. Everyone stands shocked seeing Anupama and Vanraj gathbandhan has been loosen. Anupama gets shocked. Kavya says to Vanraj he can only tie the gathbandhan with her. Vanraj stands shocked too. (Episode ends)

Precap: Anupama spots Vanraj with Kavya.

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Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai 21st October 2020 Written Update: Kaira pacifies Kairav

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