Kangana Ranaut responds to Jaya Bachchan's Parliament speech: 'Show some compassion to us also'

In a series of tweets, Kangana Ranaut has pointed out the lack of proper amenities in production houses, adding she has a list of reforms she'd like the central government to implement for junior artistes in the movie business.

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Kangana Ranaut responds to Jaya Bachchan's Parliament speech: 'Show some compassion to us also'

Samajwadi Party MP and veteran actor Jaya Bachchan lashed out at actor-politician Ravi Kishan in the Rajya Sabha today, according to media reports.

According to NDTV, the BJP MP had spoken about a conspiracy on drug trafficking is place that aimed at “destroying the country’s youth.” Kishan alleged that neighbouring countries like Pakistan and China were adding fuel to the fire by smuggling drugs to India.

These comments did not sit well with Bachchan who said that one could not tarnish the image of the entire industry “just because of a few people.”

She implied that the actor was drilling holes in the very plate he eats from after Kishan said that drug addiction persisted in the film industry in the parliament yesterday.

The Padma Shree awardee said, “I was ashamed yesterday that one of the members in the Lok Sabha, who is from the industry itself, spoke ill of the industry."

Jis thaali me khaate hain usi me chched karte hain," she said referring to a popular Hindi proverb that means to bite the hands that feed you.

She said the entertainment industry in the country provides direct employment to 5 lakh people daily and indirect employment to 5 million people.

"At a time when the financial situation is in a depressing state and employment rate at the worst levels, in order to divert the attention of people, we are being flogged by social media" and there is no support from the government, she said.

Bachchan said the government should come forward and support the entertainment industry.

"I hope the government tells these people who have made their earning, name and fame in this industry to stop using such language," she said.

"There are people in the entertainment industry who are some of the highest taxpayers (in the country). They are still being harassed," she said.

The government, she said, must stand by the entertainment industry.

"I think the government must stand by the entertainment industry because it always comes forward to help the government in whatever good work it takes up. They come and speak for them, they support them. If there is a national calamity, they come forward, they give money and their services," she said.

"I think it is very very important that the government must support this industry and not kill it. Just because there are few people, you cannot tarnish the image of the entire industry," she said, adding the industry brings international name and recognition besides a base for political ambitions.

She went on to say that all kinds of promises are made to the entertainment industry but it has never got its due.

"Sir, I get very worked up and very emotional. I have too many things to say but you are not giving me enough time and opportunity," she told Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu.

"I need protection, the industry needs the protection and support of the government," she added.

Kangana Ranaut retweeted Bachchan's video at the Rajya Sabha, writing the outlook that the poor should be happy with what they get needs to change. She said there are no proper HR departments in place at production houses. She added she has a list of reforms that she would like the central government to implement for the betterment of junior artistes in the movie business.

Read the tweets below

Kishan had spoken on the current Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) investigation being carried out in relation with the death case of actor Sushant Singh Rajput. The MP from Gorakhpur said drug addiction was present in the film industry too. He had praised the NCB and urged the central government to “take strict action against the culprits.” “Give them a befitting punishment and bring an end to this conspiracy by neighbouring countries," he had said.

Kishan was fielded by the BJP from the Gorakhpur constituency in Uttar Pradesh during the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. He had earlier contested in the Lok Sabha polls from Jaunpur on a Congress ticket but did not manage to win. He jumped tents to BJP in 2017.

(With inputs from Press Trust of India)

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