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“Are Personal Sad Stories A Must To Win Talent Contests?” Asks Actor Sanya Malhotra In This Post

Posted: May 20, 2019

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Shouldn’t talent be judged on the basis of itself without needing a sad story of struggle to win? These are questions actor Sanya Malhotra posed on a recent Facebook post.

I was just browsing through my Facebook account and came across this interesting post by actress Sanya Malhotra for Humans of Bombay. She revealed that she loved dancing and dreamt of becoming an actor, but got rejected by ‘Dance India Dance’ because her backstory wasn’t strong enough. That’s when she started doubting herself.

This really made me think. Why do people get attracted to sob stories? Why do we always appreciate only those people who have achieved something after going through a lot of pain?

Why does the head line of a newspaper “Taxi-driver’s Son Stands First In UPSC Exam” find more readers?

I think it is because most people, who were in a similar situation, find it comforting that someone has succeeded with so much pain. Maybe they relate to the story.

I know it is really very difficult for people with financial, health, family problems to overcome and succeed.

I really feel proud of them and my confidence to do better and give my best in everything I do increases manifold. I discuss about it with my friends, and we are in awe of such people.

Coming back to what Sanya said, when it is a competition of singing or dancing or any fine arts, or any competition for that matter, when all the participants are giving their best, they should be judged without any bias.

No one should lose because you don’t have a sad story of struggle to tell. It’s very unfair.

They can be given opportunities otherwise, but should not be judged because of their stories.

Maybe, the TV channels do it to get more TRPs, because the single most important element of any reality show is these stories, but as Sanya has said, it’s unfair to those who haven’t, and are equally talented.

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