Hema Malini, though a competitor in politics, backed Jaya Bachchan’s sentiment on Bollywood.
Seasoned star and BJP MP Hema Malini said Bollywood would “always stay in high esteem” and no one might bring it down in a flash over accusations like drugs and nepotism. In a psychological defence of the movie industry, she stated, “I got name, fame, respect, everything from this market … it feels truly upsetting.”
Hema Malini, 71, spoke with NDTV on a day another senior star Jaya Bachchan, her modern in Hindi films, spoke absolutely in parliament versus what she called efforts to vilify the movie market with accusations of substance abuse related to the Sushant Singh Rajput death investigation.
Striking out at star and BJP MP Ravi Kishen over his comments on drugs in Bollywood, Jaya Bachchan, a Samajwadi Celebration member, said in Rajya Sabha: “Even if of a few people, you can not taint the entire market … Jis thaali me khaate hain usi me chched karte hain,” she stated.
Hema Malini, though a rival in politics, backed Jaya Bachchan’s sentiment. “I want to tell people, Bollywood gorgeous place, an innovative world, it is an art and culture market … I feel extremely harmed when I hear individuals talking so bad about it, about drugs and things like that … Where does not it take place? However if there is a stain, you clean it off and it goes. The stain on Bollywood will likewise go,” she told NDTV.
Many artistes worked so hard to make the industry, continued the actor-politician.
” So many great artistes … matinee idols were gods in human form. Individuals used to question whether they were artistes or God. Raj Kapoor, Dev Anand, Dharmendra (Hema Malini’s husband), Amit-ji (Amitabh Bachchan) – they are all examples of Bollywood stars who made Bollywood associated with everything Indian. Bollywood is India. I can’t take it when they mock our industry like this.”
She included that even if there were circumstances, it did not indicate the entire industry is bad.
Taking on claims of nepotism, which has actually remained in the middle of a raging debate considering that star Sushant Singh Rajput was found dead at his Mumbai home on June 14, Hema Malini said: “If someone’s child signs up with the industry, it is not a considered that they end up being superstars. Skill and luck matters.”
Bollywood, she said, might not be tainted by a small stain. “So many contributed to this market – Hrisihkesh Mukherjee, Bimal Roy, Gulzar, Ramesh Sippy, Subhash Ghai … You can not pull down the market in one minute.”