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Jaya Bachchan stands by Bollywood in the Parliament

By Anwesha Padhi

Veteran actor and Samajwadi party MP, Jaya Bachchan raised her concerns about how the entertainment industry was lately being "flogged by social media" in the Zero hour of Rajya Sabha's Monsoon session on Monday. She said actor turned MP Ravi Kishan's comments about the industry were shameful.

Ms. Bachchan also said that prominent names of Bollywood calling the show business "gutter" must be refrained from doing so, by the government. She pointed out that the entertainment industry had always stood by the government's decisions, taken up social responsibility at the time of need and brought global fame to the country. Ms. Bachchan argued that "a conspiracy to defame the film industry" was being hatched and the mistake of a few was being used to vilify the fraternity.

MP Ravi Kishan reacted to Ms. Bachchan's comments by saying that he expected the veteran actor's support on his word and unified action to be taken to expose the wrongs happening in the industry.

Many a Bollywood A-listers have been under the radar after Narcotics Control Bureau arrested actress Rhea Chakraborty and four others for alleged involvement in procuring drugs for late actor Sushant Singh Rajput. The drugs' angle to the case has brought to light a network of substance abuse in the entertainment industry.

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