Yeah, it’s really sad because the entire film industry loves him, he’s so highly regarded as a human being. He definitely doesn’t deserve the vitriol against him.
I think it’s just that he’s such a glaring example of nepotism. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but his father is the biggest star in India. There was no way he was ever, EVER going to live up to that. And then he married arguably the biggest female star in India. So no matter what he does, he looks unsuccessful in comparison to the rest of his family. He really is very well-spoken, modest to the point of self-deprecation, and he accepts criticism head on. I don’t want to name names, but there are a lot of star kids who don’t handle failure with 1/5 the grace he does.
I do feel really bad for him because he’s one of those people who can give good performances, have movies that perform well, and he’ll always be seen as a disappointment or someone who doesn’t deserve what they have. Personally, I don’t know how you could watch his KWK episode and not find him utterly charming, even if you don’t like him as an actor. He even just came off of two huge blockbuster movies, and there are people questioning his right to even be on the show. It’s just like…..???
And the worst of it is that it all comes down to a weird masculinity thing. Like, if your wife is more successful than you, you’re less of a man. If you live with your parents, you’re less of a man. If you don’t have a six pack, you’re less of a man. If you do multi-starrers (which EVERYONE should be doing, btw!) you’re less of a man. The way people talk about him in particular makes me EXTREMELY uncomfortable because here’s someone who openly supports his wife, who is collaborative and wants to work with other actors, who is a family man and always speaks respectfully, and who acknowledges his shortcomings, and people somehow construe all that to be a negative thing.
Honestly, more men in the film industry should be like him. His acting skills aside, as a human being, he’s pretty ace.