When Aishwarya Revealed The Ugly Side Of Bollywood Calling It A ‘Crab Mentality’

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has been in Bollywood for more than 25 years and had once talked about the ugliness in showbiz. She mentioned how everyone is trying to pull the other down and said it was a rather ‘sad attitude’ to have.

Bollywood’s crab mentality

The former Miss World began her journey in Bollywood in the ‘90s and within a few years, she cemented her place as a top actress of her time. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan showcased her acting potential in several films. However, apart from her acting mastery, Aishwarya’s fans are also mesmerized by her charming and honest personality. Speaking of which, in an earlier interview, the actress opened up about the one thing about the film industry that bothers her.


It all happened when Aishwarya Rai Bachchan appeared on Simi Garewal’s chat show and revealed the ugly side of Bollywood to the host. During her interview, she was seen talking about those people who are trying to make a difference in the industry. However, she added that other people have a crab mentality who, instead of encouraging them, pull them down.

“I don’t know if it holds true only for this industry, but it could be more of a general statement…when I say, the crab mentality. All the crabs are in the basket, and there’s one out there who is climbing out, taking all the trouble, and making the effort, and instead of encouraging and helping, whoop! The other crabs just go and pull that one down and say ‘stay with us, crawl with us. You’re not going anywhere.’ That is a sad attitude to have.”

Career in films

Furthermore, she also spoke about if films not doing well disappointed her. She said, “I haven’t felt the blow or jolt of it, simply because I wasn’t a normal newcomer. It wasn’t that first film, by the results of which everyone would decide my future here. In that sense, I was secure. I didn’t feel the insecurity of a flop, and I have the industry to thank for that. I was still being offered good roles.”


In the same interview, she also revealed what made her choose this career. “Well, the pros were that I was not really gambling because, by the grace of God, I was being invited to join the industry even before. It seems very secure, so the pros were plenty. The cons were doing something that no one in my family had done, I would be setting a precedent, I would be setting a kind of example, which I have to be answerable to,” she said.

Meanwhile, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is gearing up for Mani Ratnam’s Ponniyin Selvan: I which is slated to hit the screens on September 3