The debate of nepotism in Bollywood has been a never ending debate for quite a few years. Released on the eve of Valentine’s Day Netflix’s new documentary, The Romantics has become the talk of the town. For the first time, filmmaker Aditya Chopra has addressed this controversial subject in ’The Romantics’.
Aditya spoke about his brother, Uday Chopra’s failed Bollywood career and said that despite being the son of an illustrious filmmaker, he could not make his mark in the Hindi film industry. Uday could only scrape a few hits in Bollywood, including Dhoom, Meri Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai and Mohabbatein.
He said,” One of the things that people tend to ignore is that every person who comes from a privileged background–everyone is not successful. I can articulate it without mentioning other people. I can just articulate it by mentioning my own family.”
He went on to add, “ Imagine a company like YRF who has launched so many newcomers, we could not make him a star. Why could we not do it for our own? The bottom line is, only an audience will decide ‘I like this person, I want to see this person’. No one else.”
Towards the end of the documentary, Aditya added, “Yes, if you are born into a film family, there’s no doubt that there could be an easier way to get an audition or a break. But it stops there.” Uday added, “When Dhoom happened, I was still trying to be a mainstream actor. I should have taken Ali as an example and done roles like that.”
Aditya Chopra also went on to recognize Uday Chopra’s talent but emphasized that the audience did not see him the way he saw himself. “They loved him in comedy, but he wasn’t keen to do comedy. He probably realized on his own that this is not for me because I am not going to be able to find the kind of success that I want.”
Uday Chopra made his acting debut in the year 2000 with the romantic drama Mohabbatein. The film was directed by Aditya and was produced by his father Yash Raj Chopra. Later, the actor appeared in a couple of films and earned acclaim when he played Tapori Ali in Dhoom.