Lambasting the criticism which the Hindi film industry Bollywood, is receiving from various corners due to reports of drug addiction of a large number of artists, former actress and Samajwadi Party MP Jaya Bachchan made some strong statements in the upper house on Tuesday. She, however soon met with retort by actress Kangana Ranaut, who has emerged as one of the foremost anti-drug crusaders in the industry.
Reacting to actor and MP Ravi Kishan’s comments about drug addiction in Bollywood, 72 year old, Mrs Bachchan used Hindi proverb, “Jis thaali me khaate hain usi me chched karte hain,” which can loosely be translated as ‘biting the hands that feeds one.’
“Just because of a few people, you cannot tarnish the whole industry… I was really embarrassed and ashamed that yesterday one our members in the Lok Sabha, who is from the industry, spoke against the film industry,” Mrs Bachchan said.
Bachchan also said the entertainment industry was being flogged by social media. “At a time when the financial situation is in a depressing state and employment rate at the worst levels, in order to divert the attention of people, we are being flogged by social media” and there is no support from the government.”
She added that the entertainment industry in the country provides direct employment to 5 lakh people daily and indirect employment to 5 million people.
Meanwhile, actress Kangana Ranaut has hit back at the statement made by Mrs Bachchan in the upper house. “Jaya ji would you say the same thing if in my place it was your daughter Shweta beaten, drugged and molested as a teenage, would you say the same thing if Abhieshek complained about bullying and harassment constantly and found hanging one day? Show compassion for us also,” Kangana asked Mrs Bachchan through Twitter.
On the other hand, actor Ravi Kishan, in reaction to whom Mrs Bachchan’s comments came, said that he expects support even from her. “I expected Jaya ji to support what I said. Not everyone in the industry consumes drugs but those who do are part of a plan to finish the world’s largest film industry. When Jaya ji & I joined, situation was not like this but now we need to protect the industry,” Ravi Kishan told news agency ANI.