Hema Malini, though a rival in politics, backed Jaya Bachchan’s belief on Bollywood.
Veteran actor and BJP MP Hema Malini stated Bollywood would “constantly stay in reverence” and no one could bring it down in a flash over allegations like drugs and nepotism. In a psychological defence of the movie industry, she stated, “I got name, fame, regard, everything from this market … it feels really hurtful.”
Hema Malini, 71, spoke with NDTV on a day another senior actor Jaya Bachchan, her contemporary in Hindi films, spoke absolutely in parliament versus what she called attempts to vilify the film market with allegations of drug abuse related to the Sushant Singh Rajput death investigation.
Striking out at star and BJP MP Ravi Kishen over his discuss drugs in Bollywood, Jaya Bachchan, a Samajwadi Party member, said in Rajya Sabha: “Just because of a few individuals, you can not stain the whole market … Jis thaali me khaate hain usi me chched karte hain,” she said.
Hema Malini, though a competitor in politics, backed Jaya Bachchan’s sentiment. “I wish to tell people, Bollywood stunning location, a creative world, it is an art and culture market … I feel really harmed when I hear people talking so bad about it, about drugs and things like that … Where doesn’t it occur? If there is a stain, you clean it off and it goes. The stain on Bollywood will likewise go,” she told NDTV.
A lot of artistes worked so tough to make the market, continued the actor-politician.
” Numerous fantastic artistes … matinee idols were gods in human type. People utilized to wonder whether they were artistes or God. Raj Kapoor, Dev Anand, Dharmendra (Hema Malini’s partner), Amit-ji (Amitabh Bachchan) – they are all examples of Bollywood luminaries who made Bollywood associated with whatever Indian. Bollywood is India. I can’t take it when they ridicule our market like this.”
She included that even if there were instances, it did not mean the whole industry is bad.
Dealing with accusations of nepotism, which has actually been in the middle of a raging argument given that actor Sushant Singh Rajput was found dead at his Mumbai home on June 14, Hema Malini said: “If somebody’s child signs up with the market, it is not a considered that they end up being super stars. Talent and luck matters.”
Bollywood, she said, might not be stained by a little stain. “So many added to this market – Hrisihkesh Mukherjee, Bimal Roy, Gulzar, Ramesh Sippy, Subhash Ghai … You can not take down the industry in one minute.”