Bhojpuri actor and Lok Sabha MP Ravi Kishan on Tuesday hit out at Samajwadi Party MP and veteran actor Jaya Bachchan over her “bite the hands that feed them” comment in Parliament.
“There is a conspiracy to finish our film industry by hollowing it out. As a responsible member of the film industry, it is not just my right but my duty to raise it in Parliament and Jaya ji should respect that. I am just a son of a priest who crawled his way up and has worked in 600 films,” Kishan told news agency ANI.
He added that he expected Jaya Bachchan to support what he said in the Lok Sabha yesterday. “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 joined, the situation was not like this but now we need to protect the industry,” the BJP Member of Parliament from Gorakhpur said.
Ravi Kishan made the comment after Jaya Bachchan, in a veiled manner, criticised him for saying that “drug addiction is in the film industry”.
“Just because of a few people, you cannot tarnish the whole industry… I was really embarrassed and ashamed that yesterday one of our members in the Lok Sabha, who is from the industry, spoke against the film industry. They bite the hands that feed them,” Bachchan said earlier today.
She also said that people working in the entertainment industry are “flogged” by social media.
“People in the entertainment industry are being flogged by social media. People who made their name in the industry have called it a gutter. I completely disagree. I hope that the government tells such people not to use this kind of language,” she said.
Meanwhile, Telangana Bharatiya Janata Party chief spokesperson Krishna Sagar Rao called Jaya Bachchan a “hypocrite” and asked whom the veteran actor was trying to “protect”.
“MP Jaya Bachchan has exhibited her irresponsibility as a parliamentarian. She sounded like a full-blown hypocrite today in Rajya Sabha. She has not condemned the drug menace, which is destroying the lives of young people across India, including young actors in her own film industry. She has not condemned drug dependence, addiction, and peddling by young actors in Bollywood, Tollywood, Sandalwood, whose names were recently released by Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), and some are even arrested. It is shocking, that she is giving notice in Rajya Sabha over a conspiracy to defame Bollywood. Her statement and posturing are quite shallow and shameful,” said Rao, as per the BJP media statement.