Bollywood Battle: Kangana fires back at Jaya Bachchan 

Kangana Ranaut asks Jaya Bachchan would her stance change if Shweta, Abhishek were targeted instead: 

After Samajwadi Party, MP Jaya Bachchan spoke about an alleged “conspiracy to defame the film industry” and slammed the ones who called it a “gutter” on the second day of the Monsoon Session in Parliament, the actor Kangana Ranaut has responded. Earlier, in an interview, the actress called the film industry a “gutter” referring to the alleged prevalent practice of consumptions of drugs at parties. She claimed ’99 % of Bollywood stars’ were involved in this.

Jaya said this in Rajya Sabha: “People in the entertainment industry are being flogged by social media. People who made their names 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,”. 

Kangana took to Twitter and asked Jaya Bachchan if she would say the same thing if some of the atrocities, abuse, and other horrific acts and incidents were to have happened to her children. “Show compassion for us also” she further said, naming names and being explicit in her choice of words.

Kangana wrote, “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 are you implying? There are no proper HR departments in production houses where women can complain, no safety or insurance for those who risk their lives every day, no 8 hours shift regulations.”

She added that in addition to money, employees also deserve respect. The belief that paying someone for their services is enough needs to change. 

Jaya had also expressed shock at Ravi Kishan’s remarks on Monday. “Just because there are some people, you can’t tarnish the image of the entire industry. I am ashamed that yesterday one of our members in Lok Sabha, who is from the film industry, spoke against it. It is a shame,” she had said.

Ravi responded to Jaya’s comments and said that he is surprised that she didn’t support his stance. “I expected Jaya Ji to support what I said,” ANI quoted him as saying. “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 and I joined, the situation was not like this but now we need to protect the industry.”. 

This whole debate comes at the time when the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) Mumbai is undertaking an investigation into alleged drug use and supply in the industry that had surfaced during a probe into the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput.