Amid the raging row over actress-turned-lawmaker Jaya Bachchan’s statement on drugs and Bollywood, BJP MP and another noted film star Hema malini on Wednesday said perhaps there is “stain” and it can be “washed off”.
“I want to tell people, Bollywood is a beautiful place, a creative world….drugs and things like that…where does not it happen? But if there is a stain, you wash if off and it goes. The stain on Bollywood will also go,” Hema malini said.
After Jaya Bachchana, another veteran actress in Hema Malini has come out in defence of Bollywood in face of widespread criticism over reports of drug addiction and nepotism in the industry.
Hema in a conversation with the NDTV said that Bollywood would “always remain in high esteem” and no one could bring it down in a flash over allegations like drugs and nepotism.
“I want to tell people, Bollywood beautiful place, a creative world, it is an art and culture industry… I feel very hurt when I hear people talking so bad about it, about drugs and things like that…Where doesn’t it happen? But if there is a stain, you wash it off and it goes. The stain on Bollywood will also go,” she said.
“I got name, fame, respect, everything from this industry… it feels really hurtful. So many great artistes, matinee idols were gods in human form. People used to wonder whether they were artistes or God. Raj Kapoor, Dev Anand, Dharmendra (Hema Malini’s husband), Amit-ji (Amitabh Bachchan) – they are all examples of Bollywood luminaries who made Bollywood synonymous with everything Indian. Bollywood is India. I can’t take it when they ridicule our industry like this,” Hema Malini added.
Earlier on Tuesday, Jaya Bachchan came down heavily on those actors criticising the state of affairs in Bollywood by saying that they were biting the hands that feed them.