Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap says he has an issue with actor and Member of Parliament Ravi Kishan’s latest assertion concerning the ‘drug abuse problem’ within the movie business. Anurag says that Ravi himself used to smoke weed however he doesn’t choose him for it.
Earlier this week, Ravi praised the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) for its probe into Sushant Singh Rajput demise case and arrest of a number of individuals within the medicine case, together with actor Rhea Chakraborty. “We know the problem of drug trafficking and drug addiction is increasing. In this conspiracy, our neighbouring countries are involved… Drugs come to this country via China and Pakistan. Our film industry, too, is affected,” Ravi Kishan had mentioned. “The Government should stop this conspiracy of neighbouring countries to destroy our youth,” he had added.
Anurag spoke to journalist Faye D’Souza about how Ravi’s stand irked him. “Ravi Kishan acted in my last film Mukkabaaz. Ravi Kishan starts his day by saying Jai Shiv Shankar, Jai Bam Bhole. Jai shiv Shambhu For the longest period of his time, he has been somebody who has used weed. It is life. Everybody knows it. The whole world knows. There’s not a single person who doesn’t know that Ravi Kishan does not smoke up. He might have quit now, that he has become a minister, he might have cleaned up.”
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“But do you include that in drugs? No. I am not judging Ravi, because I have never seen weed as a drug. ‘Abuse’ is not the word. He used to smoke up. He has always been functional, he has always done his job well, it did not make him dysfunctional, did not make him a monster. It did not do anything that people associate with drugs,” he added. “So when he talks about it, when he takes a self righteous stand, I have a problem with that,” he mentioned.
Responding to Anurag’s statements, Ravi Kishan advised ANI, “I didn’t expect such words from Anurag Kashyap. It’s no secret I am a devotee of Shiva so I chant his name. I’m saddened he would not support me on this issue of the war on drugs & say that I smoked up & am now clean just because I’m a minister, which I’m not: Ravi Kishan.”
Ravi’s assertion within the parliament was additionally criticised by Jaya Bachchan. “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,” she had said. Responding to her, Ravi mentioned, “I expected Jaya ji to support what I said. 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,” he added.
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In the interview, Anurag additionally talked about his personal wrestle with tougher, chemical medicine between 2006-2008. Anurag mentioned it was throughout a time when he was depressed after his movie Black Friday bought banned and his marriage with Aarti Bajaj had ended. He spoke about how he would supply the medicine and the disgrace he felt when utilizing them. He mentioned that although he’s known as a ‘charsi’ on social media, he has by no means smoked marijuana ashe has allergic bronchial asthma to it. He rolls up his personal cigarettes with tobacco which is why individuals assume he smokes weed.
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