Indian actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui has stated in a recent interview that the greater problem in the Indian film industry is racism, even more than nepotism.
The Kick star while speaking to Bollywood Hungama praised his Serious Men co-star Indira Tiwari for her phenomenal role in the movie, hoped that she gets similar recognition in the future, blaming Bollywood for having a problem of racism.
“Sudhir Saab [Sudhir Mishra, director of film Serious Men] has immense knowledge about cinema, and his thought process is very practical. He cast her as the heroine, and I can guarantee you that there is so much racism in our industry,” said Nawaz
Sudhir Mishra did it, but what about the head honchos in charge? More than nepotism, we have a racism problem,” added the Bajrangi Bhaijaan actor
“I fought against it for many years, and I hope that dark-skinned actresses are made heroines; it’s very important. I’m not even talking about skin colour; there is a bias that exists in the industry which needs to end for better films to be made.”
“I was rejected for many years only because I’m short and I look a certain way, although I can’t complain now. But there are so many other great actors who fall prey to this kind of bias.”