Addressing Kangana Ranaut’s claims that 99 percent of Bollywood is on drugs, actor Shweta Tripathi, said that “No one is forcefully putting drugs in our mouths.”
Several women actors from the industry like Jaya Bachchan, Hema Malini, Vidya Balan, Urmila Matondkar, Taapsee Pannu, and Swara Bhasker have raised their voice against the negativity being spread around Bollywood these past few weeks.
Shweta Tripathi, who is known for her roles in films Cargo and Masaan, also said that the allusion that actresses had to sleep around to get work and that outsiders make space in the “big bad world of cinema” only after compromising, would make for an interesting script. But that’s not how Bollywood functioned, she told IANS.
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The Mirzapur actress opined that if a youngster wants to get into drugs, they will do it anyway, “Trust me when I say this, no one is forcefully putting drugs in our mouths! If a youngster wants to get into drugs, they will do it anyway — whether in Mumbai or in any small town of the country. It has nothing to do with the city of Mumbai. I want to tell all parents it is important to keep a check on the upbringing of their children, with the moral compass in the right direction, as well as their mental health.”
Shweta Tripathi pointed out that if actors are constantly asked about how much money they earn and are told that their struggle is nothing but a waste of time, it really creates a different kind of mental pressure on any budding talent. “It is not about consuming drugs. It is about the issues they face, which in turn lead them into the world of darkness and addiction and mental health issues. I think that should be addressed, instead of defaming an industry.”
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Actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death has led to a drug prob by Narcotics Control Bureau. While his former girlfriend and actor Rhea Chakraborty has been arrested, media has reported that names of several Bollywood stars have also come up in the same. Recently, veteran actor and MP Jaya Bachchan defended the industry in Rajya Sabha saying that no one can tarnish the image of Bollywood.
Actor Rakul Preet Singh, who was reportedly named by Chakraborty in her statement to NCB, approached the Delhi High Court against her trial by media in the drug probe this week. On Thursday, Justice Navin Chawla asked the Centre to treat Rakul Preet Singh’s plea as a representation and decide on it before the next court hearing on October 15. Read more about it here.
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Sagrika Giri is an intern with SheThePeople.TV.