Vidyut Jammwal gives his take on insider-outsider debate, says it is ‘liberating’

The Bollywood industry’s favouritism and toxic battle of the outsider-insider phenomena became apparent last month when Disney+Hotstar invited Ajay Devgn, Alia Bhatt and Abhishek Bachchan, among others, to announce its slate of films but sneakily left Vidyut Jamwal and Kunal Khemu even though their films ‘Khuda Hafiz’ and Lootcase respectively were the part of the roster. Jamwal called out the platform’s elitist attitude as he tweeted, “Seven films scheduled for release but only five are deemed worthy of representation. Two films receive no invitation or intimation. It’s a long road ahead. The cycle continues.”

With the fans having the actor’s back, this episode helped in resurfacing of the insider-outsider debate.The actor said, “In a way, the message was for me because on seeing the line-up of actors, I asked myself, ‘Why am I not here?’ Without thinking much, I posted the tweet; it came straight from the heart. I am glad I did because people respected my stand. I have my share of fans since ‘Force’ (2011). People felt what I said was right and supported me.”

The actor has ‘Khuda Hafiz’ and Zee5’s ‘Yaara’,u for a digital premier and he believes platform switch is going to affect the movie business. “As an actor, [this shift] is liberating. Now, the country — including the masses in villages and small towns — will determine the films they like and the actors who they deem fit to be  theirchosen hero. The critics will no longer be able to sway public opinion with their reviews.”

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