Chandan Roy Sanyal on nepotism in Bollywood: At the end of the day, real talent survives

Most of the actors who stepped into Bollywood with a sizeable amount of work in other language cinema think you have to start from scratch in the B-town even if you have enjoyed success elsewhere. Does Bollywood recognise and acknowledge talent; that’s the question of the hour now – especially after Sushant Singh Rajput’s tragic death.

Chandan Roy Sanyal who has become a reel chameleon with a wide range of roles in films since his debut in Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s ‘Rang De Basanti’ believes not just in the film industry, it happens everywhere.

“At the end of the day, real talent survives. When someone is born in a certain family — be it a family of builders or politicians — he/she tends to pick up the family’s job. But then it’s their talent that helps them survive. You also have a Shah Rukh Khan, who comes from nowhere and becomes this big doyen of Indian cinema. In Bollywood, this whole nepotism thing is overrated. It is a big filter. Maybe you get the first shot but then it ultimately has to be you. Also, time has certainly changed and there is so much work for everyone now. Theatres are shutting down but there is a lot of content on the internet. Great writers, directors and actors are coming together to create nice things. Things were much different 15-20 years back for someone trying to get into Bollywood,” explains the versatile actor while speaking to ETimes during an exclusive chat.

The journey of an actor is always full of struggle. Everyone has their own perception of success. For some it can be monetary and for others it can be about popularity. However, Chandan says he always knew it was going to be a long, long ride.

“Even then, I got a break in Kaminey despite being a complete outsider. There are so many people who are lurking in the darkness, still waiting for a chance. We might find that some of these people are more talented than me. I feel privileged to be able to work in Kaminey. I can’t be looking at others’ success and feel pressurised. To me, a little glory matters more. I have worked with Buddhadeb Dasgupta. I was almost a fresh graduate when I started working with Vishal Bhardwaj. I have worked with Nandita Das. I have worked with several great actors like Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Shah Rukh Khan and so on. I have also worked with Soumitra Chatterjee. These are the things that matter to me more than anything else,” adds the seasoned actor.