Bollywood’s ‘Inside Story’: Vivek Agnihotri Shares How Actors Get Addicted To Drugs

Filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri has shared an inside story about how aspiring actors struggle in Bollywood, some quit, and those who don’t fall prey to drugs, etc. He said they get lost in the race for validation.

An ‘inside story’ of Bollywood

The Kashmir Files director Vivek Agnihotri has shared an ‘inside story’ about Bollywood. He said it’s not just a hub of talent but also a ‘cemetery’ of talent. He talked about how those who don’t acquire the expected level of success get entangled in the vicious circle of showbiz without any income and power but are forced to fake it.


The Filmmaker wrote, “What you see is not Bollywood. Real Bollywood is found in its dark alleys. Its underbelly is so dark that it’s impossible for a common man to fathom. In these dark alleys, you can find shattered dreams, trampled dreams, buried dreams. If Bollywood is a museum of talent, then it’s also a cemetery of talent. It’s not about rejection. Anyone who comes here, knows that rejection is part of the deal. It’s the humiliation and exploitation which shatters tender dreams, hopes and belief in any kind of humanity. One can survive without food but to live without respect, self-worth and hope is impossible. No middle-class youngster grows up ever imagining to be in that situation.”

Unsuccessful artists

Speaking about how the unsuccessful ones end up in Bollywood, he further wrote, “It hits so hard that instead of putting up a fight, one gives up. Lucky are those who go back home. Who stay on, break apart. Those who find some success but not the real one, get into drugs, alcohol and all kind of life-damaging stuff. Now they need money. So, they get introduced to all kinds of funny money. Some success is the most dangerous one. You are in showbiz without any income & power. You have to look like a star, party like a star, PR like a star but you aren’t a star. Imagine yourself in a gangsta ghetto where you have to behave like a gangster without a gun or knife. This is where you are open to humiliation & exploitation. Instagram is not free. It demands money to shoot, look good, sound busy.”

He said this “hollow race of validation” brings them back to where they started from – “the dark hole, which keeps getting deeper and deeper with each race.” He added, “You show off, nobody sees. You scream, no one hears. You cry, no one cares. All you find is surrounded by people laughing at you. You bury your dreams. Quietly. But then you find people dancing on the grave of your dreams. Your failure becomes their celebration. You are a dead man walking. Irony is nobody can see you are dead except for you. One day, you literally die. And then the world sees you.”