There is a fresh debate ongoing the film industry. Everyone is constantly talking about just one thing and that is nepotism. Many stars have come forward to share their stories of being replaced by star kids or being shadowed in a movie because of a star kid cast. Now, Gangs of Wasseypur star Piyush Mishra has come forward and shared his take from his experience in the industry.

In a recent interview with Hindustan Times, Piyush Mishra said, “Personally, nepotism never harmed me. I entered the industry after my prime (youth) ended. I did what I wanted to, I did a lot of work. I was never affected by nepotism. No Kapoor or Khan family came in my way. For me, nepotism does not really exist, and even if it does, it has not harmed me yet. But yes, there is goondaism in the industry. Dadagiri hai.”  He further added, “Huge stars and writers want newcomers to first pay their respect to them and then work. It depends on you – whether you want to pay respects or simply go ahead with your work. I was not ready (for bowing down) so I continued working in my own way. When I found something amiss or not according to my preference, I would just leave.”

Piyush Mishra

Piyush Mishra also said, “All parties have used my poetry –  be it the Congress, BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) or CPM (Communist Party of India- Marxist). My poetry has also been used in the (cricket) world cup, military events – almost everywhere. I may not be getting any royalty (from these sources) but it is great that people are liking it. I have never faced any backlash. Arambh Hai Prachand has been used by almost everyone. What do I complain about?.”

He concluded saying, “Thanks to Javed Akhtar, the organisation Indian Performing Rights Society (IPRS) now enables writers to get a royalty for their songs. If you are registered with them, you will get royalty if the song is played anywhere. I don’t see any point in begging in front of the producers. The more we beg, the more we turn helpless. In the west, lyricists get an Oscar automatically if the song is awarded. Unlike here where writers are treated very badly. I think lyricists need to stand their ground firmly.”