Samajwadi Party leader and a senior member of the Bollywood film fraternity Jaya Bachchan on Tuesday spoke in support of the Bollywood industry. The actress slammed comments made by Kangana Ranaut and Ravi Kishan, about the film industry is being a hotbed of vices.
Though Jaya Bachchan did not take any names, her remarks come a day after BJP’s Lok Sabha MP and Bhojpuri actor Ravi Kishan said there was a problem of drug addiction in the film industry and also actor Kangana Ranaut’s recent remarks calling Bollywood a “gutter”.
Jaya Bachchan said – “I completely disagree. I hope that the government tells such people not to use this kind of language. Just because there are some people, you can’t tarnish the image of the entire industry. I am ashamed that yesterday one of our members in Lok Sabha, who is from the film industry, spoke against it. It is a shame”.
Ms. Bachchan, 72, said such statements are being made to divert the attention from the state of the economy and unemployment. “The entertainment industry in our country provides direct employment every day to five lakh people and indirect employment to five million people. At a time when the financial situation is in a depressing state and employment is at the worst level, in order to divert the attention of the people, we are being used to be flogged by social media and the government’s non-support. But people who have made their name in this film industry have called it a gutter. I completely disagree,” she said.
Later on, actor Ravi Kishan also expressed his response to the speech made by Ms. Jaya Bachchan.
“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 and I joined, the situation was not like this, but now, we need to protect the industry,” Mr. Ravi Kishan told news agency ANI.
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