Veteran actor and Rajya Sabha MP Jaya Bachchan on Tuesday accused the movie industry of being vilified and criticized those in the entertainment industry who indulge in it, saying they bite the hands that feed them.
IMAGE: Samajwadi Party MP Jaya Bachchan speaks to Rajya Sabha during the ongoing monsoon parliamentary session in New Delhi on Tuesday. Photograph: RSTV / PTI Photo
Although Bachchan took no name, his remarks come a day after Bharatiya Janata Party MP Lok Sabha and Bhojpuri actor Ravi Kishan said there was a drug addiction problem in the film industry and actor Kangana Ranaut’s recent remarks calling Bollywood a “ gutter. ”
Through a mention of Zero Hour to Rajya Sabha, Bachchan said the entertainment industry was being whipped up by social media and called on the government to protect and support it.
Without naming names, Party MP Samajwadi said she completely disagreed with those who called the entertainment industry a “gutter”.
“People who have made a name for themselves in this industry called it a gutter. I totally disagree and really disassociate myself,” she said.
In a reference to Kishan’s statement to Lok Sabha on the alleged Bollywood drug cartel, Bachchan said she was “ really embarrassed and ashamed ”.
“Jis thali mein khate hai usme chhed karte hai. Galat baat haiShe says, referring to a popular Hindi proverb which means to bite the hands that feed you.
“I was really embarrassed and ashamed that yesterday (September 14) one of our members of Lok Sabha, which is from the industry, spoke. I don’t take names. It’s a shame, ”she said.
She said that the entertainment industry in the country provides direct employment at 5 lakh per day and indirect employment for 5 million people.
“ At a time when the financial situation is in a depressing state and the employment rate at the worst levels, in order to distract people, we are being whipped by social media ” and there is no government support, she said.
Bachchan said the government should come forward and support the entertainment industry.
“I hope the government will tell these people who have won, made their name and their reputation in this industry to stop using such language,” she said.
“There are people in the entertainment industry who are among the highest taxpayers (in the country). They are always harassed,” she said.
The government, she said, must support the entertainment industry.
“I think the government needs to support the entertainment industry because it always comes forward to help the government in the good job it does.
“They come to speak for them, they support them. If there is a national calamity, they come forward, they give money and their services,” she said.
“I think it is very, very important that the government support this industry and not kill it. Just because there are few people, you cannot tarnish the image of the whole industry.” , she said, adding that the industry brings a name and international recognition in addition to a basis for political ambitions.
She went on to say that all kinds of promises are made to the entertainment industry, but she never got her due.
“Sir, I am very pissed off and very moved. I have too much to say but you are not giving me enough time and opportunities,” she told Rajya Sabha President Mr. Venkaiah Naidu .
“I need protection, the industry needs government protection and support,” she added.