On Monday, BJP MP and actor Ravi Kishan brought up the discussion about the alleged 'drug addiction' in the Bollywood industry.
He raised questions about the drug nexus and alleged a "conspiracy" by Pakistan and China to destroy the country's younger citizens as he said: “A conspiracy is being hatched to destroy the country’s youth and our neighbouring countries are adding to it. The smuggling of drugs from Pakistan and China is being carried out every year. It is being brought via Punjab and Nepal. Drug addiction is in the film industry too. Several people have been apprehended. The NCB has been doing very good work. I urge the central government to take strict action against the culprits soon. Give them a befitting punishment and bring an end to this conspiracy by neighbouring countries."
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However, his remarks seem to have bothered veteran actress and Samajwadi Party MP Jaya Bachchan. During the second day of the Monsoon Session in Parliament, she had given a Zero Hour notice in Rajya Sabha, Jaya Bachchan responded to Ravi Kishan's comments and stated that the image of the entertainment industry needs to be protected.
Referring to Ravi Kishan's remarks, she said: “I was really embarrassed and ashamed that yesterday (September 14) one of our members in the Lok Sabha, who is from the industry, spoke. I am not taking names. It is a shame."
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And now Ravi Kishan has responded to Jaya Bachchan's remarks against him and told Bombay Times that he is 'hurt' by her comments.
Clarifying about his speech, Kishan stated: "My concern is that yeh drugs, koi fashion na bana de. Isi liye jo koi kar raha hai unko pakadna jaroori hai. That is why maine apne taraf se aawaz uthai. Usme mujhe support milna chiahiye tha, she is my senior, I have worked with her, she knows me, she always blesses me…ab pata nahi unhone aisa kyu kaha.”
During her speech, without taking any names, Bachchan said “Jis thali mein khate hai Usme chhed karte hai. Galat baat hai,” a popular Hindi proverb that means to bite the hand that feeds you.
Reacting to the same, Ravi Kishan said: “Unhone yeh bhi kaha ki jiss thaali mein khaate hai, usme chhed karte hai. I just want to tell her that nobody gave me a break ever! Mera koi godfather nahi hai. From Bhojpuri to Bollywood I had my own journey. I am a self-made man.”
Furthermore, the actor asserted that he shares a good rapport with the Bachchan family and does not know why Jaya ji said something like that.
He added: "She should not have said the line - jiss thaali mein khaate hai… chhed karte hai. I think shayad unhone meri baat dhyaan se suni nahi. She didn’t hear what I said and someone …kisi ne kuch unhe mere baarein mein bol diya hoga.”
Meanwhile, Bollywood actors including Taapsee Pannu, Anubhav Sinha, Farhan Akhtar among others are hailing Jaya Bachchan's speech defending the entertainment industry.