Connect with us


BJP Minister Babul Supriyo denies drug addiction rhetoric in Bollywood, says it is grossly unfair



Babul Supriyo ruckus at Jadavpur University
Union Minister Babul Supriyo addressing an ABVP seminar as it was hacked by left-wing students at Jadavpur University in Kolkata | Photo PTI

Text size:

New Delhi: The ruling BJP was divided over allegations of drug abuse in Bollywood, with Union Minister Babul Supriyo saying on Tuesday it was extremely unfair to portray the entire film industry as an addict.

His remarks came a day after BJP MP Ravi Kishan said Bollywood had a drug addiction problem.

As in Cricket, not all cricketers were involved, so not all Bollywood is into drugs-NO! It’s really unfair to say it just because IT IS NOT TRUE !! Rather most Bollywood stars R Extremely disciplined: their exercise, diet and studies work hard to be successful (sic), Supriyo said in a tweet.

The looming crisis over Bollywood with Drugs is reminiscent of what happened to cricket during the betting scandal years ago, then the game of cricket won because not everyone was bad – NOW Bollywood & Art will prevail and with Glory bcuz the same reason – Not everyone’s bad AMEN (sic), he said.

Also read: Rhea Chakrabortys media trial shows Indians confuse drug addicts and criminals

Jaya Bachchan bangs Ravi Kishan

Samajwadi Party MK Rajya Sabha and veteran actor Jaya Bachchan criticized Kishan without taking his name, saying some people bite their hand that feeds them.

Just because of a few people you can’t tarnish the image of the whole industry… I was really embarrassed and ashamed that yesterday one of our members from Lok Sabha, which is from the industry, spoke out against it. ‘Film Industry. Too bad. Jis thaali me khaate hain usi me chched karte hainShe said in the Rajya Sabha Tuesday, referring to Kishan’s statement in the Lok Sabha on the first day of the monsoon session of Parliament.

Kishan, a BJP MP from Uttar Pradesh who is also a popular actor in Bhojpuri films, raised the issue of the drug-related allegations that have emerged against Bollywood in the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput. Kishan also alleged a “conspiracy” by Pakistan and China to destroy Indian youth. The BJP MP also praised the efforts of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) for doing a “good job” in uncovering the drug mafia.

Actor Kangana Ranaut has spoken about the presence of an alleged drug mafia in Bollywood in recent weeks, as part of the investigation into the death of Rajputs.

Also read: Sushant Singh Rajput forgotten, her death is now about Kangana Ranaut, Rhea Chakraborty

Subscribe to our channels on Youtube & Telegram

Why the news media is in crisis and how to fix it

You are reading this because you value quality, intelligent and objective journalism. We thank you for your time and trust.

You also know that the media is facing an unprecedented crisis. You are also likely to hear about the brutal layoffs and pay cuts plaguing the industry. There are many reasons why the media economy is broken. But the big problem is that the right people still don’t pay enough for good journalism.

We have a newsroom full of talented young reporters. We also have the strongest editing and fact-checking team in the country, top press photographers and video professionals. We are building India’s most ambitious and energetic information platform. And I just turned three.

At ThePrint, we invest in quality journalists. We pay them fairly. As you may have noticed, we don’t mind spending whatever it takes to ensure our reporters get to where the story is.

This comes at a considerable cost. In order for us to continue to provide quality journalism, we need readers like you to pay.

If you think we deserve your support, join us in this effort to strengthen fair, free, courageous and questioning journalism. Please click on the link below. Your support will define the future of ThePrints.

Support our journalism