The Deols are known for being ‘good-hearted’ and for having an ‘uncompromising value system’. For a family that roars on the big screen for a living, they are surprisingly reserved during interviews. Being media-savvy is not a Deol trait. Keeping a string of appointments for their upcoming film Yamla Pagla Deewana Phir Se (the third film in this god-knows-why franchise), they were having a pleasant chat with Film Companion when the word ‘nepotism’ came up…
All three Deols, with a combined experience of more than a 100 years between them, seemed to be startled by the line of questioning and immediately became defensive about it. Bobby started things off by saying “this is a word that we have learned only recently…” and Sunny, who had chosen to remain silent for most of the interview, joined in and began asking “Is it a bad thing? It’s like these days someone asks me, whether I’m patriotic? Is it a good thing or a bad thing?”
The interviewer only managed to butt in with ‘it definitely exists…’ when Sunny takes over the conversation again and says “But doesn’t this apply to everyone? So, then why get into it in such a way? I think people who mostly need an excuse, they create these words, they create these things and they talk about it. In reality, everyone is happy. You are successful because of how good you are, I mean of course my father launched me but ultimately it’s my identity. So then why should we talk about it?”
The Deols are so cute. They reside in a bubble of luxury. And therefore can anyone blame them for being out of touch with the ground reality? Did they have cellphone range at their Lonavala farmhouse, when the whole Karan Johar-Kangana Ranaut feud broke out? And when Saif Ali Khan shoe-horned his way into it, with a dumb (to put it politely) open letter?
The Deols might not harbour any malice towards anyone, but are they familiar with the concept of privilege? Do they realise the perks of having a superstar father, growing up in the vicinity of some of the biggest directors? And being on uncle/aunty-terms with them? Do they understand the concession that allowed them go through repeated failures and still afforded them the opportunity to make films like Singh Saab The Great or Shakalaka Boom Boom? Obviously not.
Dharmendra managed to mitigate the whole situation by saying the Deols are *felt* by the general public. Of course sir, they feel you’re slightly ignorant about your place in society. Time for the Deols to come out of their plush farmhouse, and sensitise themselves with terms like ‘privilege’, ‘feminism’ and ‘machismo’.
Watch the conversation here (the nepotism bit begins at 7:45 onwards).