Jaya Bachchan slams actors for comparing Bollywood to 'gutter', seeks govt support

Sonam Kapoor Taaapsee Pannu and others side with Jaya Bachchan over spat with Kangana Ranaut

"At a time when the situation is depressing and employment is at its worst level, in order to divert people's attention, we are being flogged by social media", she said, adding that all this was because the government was not coming out in support of the industry.

The Queen actor was responding to Samajwadi Party MP's comments about entertaining industry being equivalent to a "gutter".

"The industry needs the protection and support of the government", Jaya Bachchan said. "I completely disagree. I hope that the government tells such people not to use this kind of language", she said. "I am just a son of a priest who crawled his way up and has worked in 600 films", Kishan said while speaking to ANI.

The problem of drug trafficking is on the rise, Ravi Kishan said in Lok Sabha, which is meeting for the first session in the shadow of the coronavirus.

Kangana had on an earlier occasion called the film industry a "gutter" claiming that 99 per cent of the people associated with it had been exposed to drugs. She even asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to clean it up under the government's Swachh Bharat Mission in a tweet on August 26. "It has always come forward to help the government in its endeavors. They are still being harassed", the MP said, adding that there are many promises made to the industry but never kept.

Reacting to his statement, Jaya said,"Just because there are some people, you can't tarnish the image of the entire industry". He had praised the NCB and urged the central government to "take strict action against the culprits".

While Ravi Kishan and Kangana Ranaut both expressed disappointment at Bachchan's speech on Tuesday, several celebrities lauded the senior actor for mounting a strong defence for the film fraternity in Parliament.

"I expected Jaya ji to support what I said".

Kangana wrote back: "Like a famous choreographer once said 'rape kiya toh kya hua roti to di na (so what if you're violated, at least you got paid)' is that what you implying?"

In a different tweet, Ranaut stated that there is a dire need to change the mentality from "food is enough for the poor" to "respect is also required along with the food to the poor" and added that she has a full list of reforms that she wanted from the centre government for workers and junior artists.



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