EXCLUSIVE: Meghna Gulzar on nepotism: I am a living example that nepotism doesn’t exist in our industry
Daughter of renowned lyricist Gulzar and actor Rakhee Gulzar, Meghna Gulzar, though unsuccessful earlier in her career has today raised the bar for herself and other filmmakers with movies like ‘Talvar‘ and ‘Raazi’. Today she is an acclaimed filmmaker who has taken her failures as a lesson and succeeded in helming content-driven movies. Meghna attended the ongoing 49th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa and during a panel discussion with other female directors like Leena Yadav, Gauri Shinde, she spoke at length about her journey in the industry.
The panel discussion was hosted by ‘Dhadak’ fame director Shashank Khaitan. He raised questions on various perceptions related to female directors in the industry and the word ‘nepotism’ that are specially targeted towards those who are from the Bollywood lineage.
When Shashank asked how tough or easy it was for Meghna coming from the lineage to make a breakthrough in this industry, she replied, “If there is a living example that nepotism doesn’t exist in our industry, it’s me. I have waited for twelve hours outside a film studio to get to an access to an actor and I would not say who I am or what my last name was. Of course, people knew who I am but that doesn’t mean I got instant access.”
She further added, “My first film failed and it took me seven years to make my next film and it didn’t matter what my last film was. It was only after my films succeeded that it became easier to make my fourth film.”
Well, with the kind of gem of films Meghna has made, we are proud of her and her journey.