After veteran actor and Rajya Sabha MP Jaya Bachchan slammed those who are tarnishing image of the Indian film industry in the Upper House of the Parliament, actress Hema Malini showed her support and said that 'the way in which people are targeting Bollywood is bad'.
In her speech, Jaya Bachchan had alleged that a continuous attempt to defame the film industry is being made, taking an indirect jibe at actor-politician Ravi Kishan and actress Kagana Ranaut, who have claimed that drug addiction happens in the film industry.
In an interview with NDTV, Malini said, "I want to tell people, Bollywood beautiful place, a creative world, it is an art and culture industry... I feel very hurt when I hear people talking so bad about it, about drugs and things like that...Where doesn't it happen? But if there is a stain, you wash it off and it goes. The stain on Bollywood will also go."
"I have received a lot of love from this industry, how can I watch anyone say anything bad about it?" she added.
Hema Malini's comments have received mixed reactions on the micro-blogging site. While a section of Twitter hailed her for standing up for her 'Sholay' co-star, others slammed her for trying to protect the reputation of the industry.
A user wrote, "A shameless sophistry . Since the film industry is founded by Hrikesh Mukherjee and alike noble persons so people should bear the druggies at present . Same way as Congress claims to be brought up by freedom fighters so people should accept present anti national leadership."
Another commented, "Its all about saving the esteem of their so called "industry". Not fixing it, not appreciating whistle-blowers like Kangana, not purging it of the bhaiwood character that has overtaken since the 90s, but saving their petty esteem, which won't survive anyway."
Here are a few Twitter reactions: