Present Crisis in Bollywood In Light of Narcotics and Its Impact on The Film Industry

Present Crisis in Bollywood In Light of Narcotics and Its Impact on The Film Industry

Sushant Singh Rajput’s tragic death and the month-long investigation by central agencies has brought the conversation back on Bollywood and drug addiction and echoed in Parliament too. The tweeter war between two distinct groups, is in high pitch and general public is eager to know the truth. The story, which has generated so much debate is as follows:

Film director and maker Karan Johar hosted a party in his house on Saturday night. Party was attended by Deepika Padukone, Ranbir Kapoor, Vicky Kaushal, Shahid Kapoor and Varun Dhawan, among other who’s and who of the Hindi film industry. Host Karan Johar had shared a video on social media with the caption “Saturday night vibes.”, in which he took a quick round of the party and introduced the stars on camera, one by one. Party was attended by Deepika Padukone, Ranbir Kapoor, Vicky Kaushal, Shahid Kapoor and Varun Dhawan, among other Bollywood personalities.

Akali Dal MLA Manjinder S Sirsa kicked the hornet’s nest on Wednesday when he shared, on social media, a video from a party at filmmaker Karan Johar’s residence, where several Bollywood A-listers are seen in what the politician feels was a state of drug-induced high.

Sharing the same video, Sirsa had written on Twitter, “Udta Bollywood. Watch how the high and mighty of Bollywood proudly flaunt their drugged state!!” Manjinder Sirsa wrote on Twitter, “ #UDTABollywood – Fiction Vs Reality Watch how the high and mighty of Bollywood proudly flaunt their drugged state!! I raise my voice against #DrugAbuse by these stars. RT if you too feel disgusted @shahidkapoor @deepikapadukone @arjunk26 @Varun_dvn @karanjohar @vickykaushal09”

Sirsa had claimed that the video was clear proof that drugs were used there and he even requested police to take cognizant action.

Shortly after MLA Manjinder S Sirsa’a allegation that actors Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor, Ranbir Kapoor, Vicky Kaushal, Varun Dhawan and others were ‘flaunting drugged state’ at a recent Bollywood party hosted by Karan Johar, fans have responded with disbelief.

There were some more reactions from different corners about this video, both in favour and against.

Weeks after Sirsa accused Karan Johar of hosting a drug-fuelled party that was attended by Deepika Padukone, Ranbir Kapoor, Vicky Kaushal, Shahid Kapoor and Varun Dhawan, among other Bollywood personalities,

However, weeks after Sirsa accuswed Karan Johar the filmmaker has dismissed the conspiracy theory as “baseless”. While he accepted that he wondered whether he should react to the accusations, he eventually decided not to. “I don’t react very well to these baseless accusations because that’s what they were, baseless,” he said, while accepting that he will take a more ruthless course next time, “I told them also… I am not taking this very kindly, the next time where baseless accusations, I will take the legal route. You cannot mar our solid reputations, our sincere reputations our committed reputations just because you are presuming something. You cannot put out a baseless accusation that has no base, no fact, no truth, no reality and try and mar us and our reputations, it’s ridiculous.”
While adding fuel to the fire Kangana Ranaut, in a recent interview, claimed that an actor whom she initially met after entering Bollywood would spike her drinks and even mistreated her by becoming violent. She further added that how some people in the Industry flaunt the use of drugs and make it sound like a very normal thing. She said that the government should intervene and take some strict action against such people.

Not just that, Kangana also alleged that 99% of Bollywood consumes drugs. She said, “if they are mighty and powerful, how can I harm them? Then why do they want to put me behind bars? They know that I know these secrets so they tried to discredit me, termed me bipolar, or get me killed.”

Taking a dig at actors Ranveer Singh, Vicky Kaushal and Ranbir Kapoor, the actress said that their blood tests should be done.

On September 14, actor-politician and Bharatiya Janata Party Member of Parliament Ravi Kishan, a popular actor of Bhojpuri and Hindi films, raised in parliament the drugs-related allegations that have emerged against the film industry in the Sushant Singh Rajput investigations. He alleged a “conspiracy” by Pakistan and China to destroy the country’s younger citizens.

“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,” Ravi Kishan said in Lok Sabha on Day One of parliament’s monsoon session, referring to the ongoing Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) investigation linked to the Sushant Singh Rajput death case, in which actor Rhea Chakraborty, her brother Showik and four more were arrested last week.

Samajwadi Party MP and veteran actor Jaya Bachchan on Tuesday, 15 September, said in the Rajya Sabha that she was really ‘ashamed and embarrassed’ that a Lok Sabha MP had spoken against the industry. Actor-politician Jaya Bachchan today sharply rebutted BJP MP and film actor Ravi Kishan’s comments in parliament about drug addiction in Bollywood, saying the film industry was being “flogged by social media and the government’s non-support”. “I am ashamed and embarrassed that a lok Shabha MP had spoken against the industry.

“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. Jis thaali me khaate hain usi me chched karte hain,” Ms Bachchan, a Samajwadi Party member, said in Rajya Sabha, referring to Ravi Kishan’s statement in Lok Sabha.

Reacting to the Jaya Bachchan’s outburst against him Ravi Kishan told the news agency ANI “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.”

Actor Kangana Ranaut, who has brought herself to the forefront over her comments in the Sushant Singh Rajput death case, soon jumped in, questioning Ms Bachchan’s statements in the upper house. She asked if Ms Bachchan would react in the same manner if her daughter or son were affected.

“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,” Ravi Kishan told news agency ANI.

Akali Dal MLA Manjinder S Sirsa kicked the hornet’s nest on Wednesday when he shared, on social media, a video from a party at filmmaker Karan Johar’s residence, where several Bollywood A-listers are seen in what the politician feels was a state of drug-induced high. Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor, Vicky Kaushal, Ranbir Kapoor, Arjun Kapoor, and Malaika Arora were among the stars spotted at the party, duly attested in the video, originally posted by Karan himself, and captioned “Saturday night vibes”.