Ranvir Shorey drops a hint about ‘the gang’ in Bollywood

The much-acclaimed actor says that the gang is a mutually beneficial alliance of a few powerful, corrupt, crafty old men, and a few second generation younger producers who have inherited film empires

By Mayur Lookhar

Ranvir Shorey in Lootcase [2020]

Though so far there is no foul play sensed in Sushant Singh Rajput suspected suicide case but the Dil Bechara [2020] actor’s death has triggered the nepotism debate. It is not just Kangana Ranaut, but now other names, too, have opened up on what ails the industry. Respected actor Ranvir Shorey, who had worked with Rajput in Sonchiriya [2019], has been vocal on social media, subtly expressing his views on the raging debate, A few days ago, he was involved in a argument with producer Anurag Kashyap. Shorey has now opened up on the so-called ‘gang’ in Bollywood.

“The Gang” is essentially a mutually beneficial alliance of a few powerful, corrupt, crafty old men, and a few second generation younger producers who have inherited film empires. Their objective is to have control over the top of the pyramid and have pliable stars, “Shorey wrote on Twitter.

Without naming anyone, Shorey pointed fingers at [probably] a legacy studio owner with whom he had a bad experience.

“I’ve had a run in with one of them 15 years ago. This is the man who fancies himself as the holy-moly Dronacharya of the gang, except when it comes to covering up the indiscretions and crimes of his own offsprings. A product of a damaged mind and faux spirituality,” he added.

Shorey commented on the ugly tactics used by such ‘gang’ to bring a talent down.

“The modus operandi is that when you’re vulnerable, like the death or loss of a close one, you’re professionally & socially ostracised by spreading lies and rumours, through the media, as well as the grapevine, leaving you disoriented and hopeless with a sense of doom,” wrote Shorey.

Shorey had his debut with Ek Chhotisi Love Story [2002] and in 2003 he had worked in the Mahesh Bhatt produced Jism. Shorey had a fallout with the Bhatts in the mid 2000s. He also had a much publicised break-up with actor, Mahesh Bhatt’s daughter Pooja then. That was tough phase for the actor who had to leave the country briefly.

“The fight for my place in the industry is still on. I am still an outcast. It is not like that fight is over. After I came back, I had to start from scratch. I went back to doing television. I did The Great Indian Comedy Show and from there on, it has been a crawl making my own space as an actor,” Shorey said in an interview to Hindustan Times.

Shorey has been a survivor, beating all odds to establish himself as one of the most respected actors in the industry. He was much appreciated for his last film Kadakh [2020] on SonyLiv where he played the lead role.

Lootcase [2020] is set to be released on 31 July.

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