Akshay Kumar admits of drugs in Bollywood; asks media to be sensitive
After a long silence actor Akshay Kumar, the Bollywood superstar has opened up about the drug allegations on the film industry and widespread unrest over that via a video message.
In his message, Kumar has requested all the Bollywood fans to give the industry a chance to sort out the grave issues that it is facing like narcotics and drugs that started after the sudden death of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput.
In the address, the actor requested the media to consider the sensitivity with the negative news against the artists as they have the power to destroy their reputation as well as a career which they earned with hard work.
Akshay Kumar said, "today, with a heavy heart I'm talking to you. I've been wanting to talk to you for a few days now but I didn't know what to say as there's so much negativity all around us. We're called stars.. but you have made Bollywood with your love. We're not only about the industry. We've also made India's culture and values known to every corner of the world through our films. Every time the public sentiment was brought up, our cinema has tried to showcase every sentiment. Now that there are feelings of anger, we will take that as our command.
“After SSR's death, many such issues have come to the fore that have pained us as much as it has to you. These matters have forced us to introspect into our lives…to look into many aspects of the film industry that need attention now. Like narcotics and drugs. I cannot cross my heart and lie to you and say that it doesn't exist. It exists just like in every other industry and profession. But that does not mean that every person in the industry is involved in it.
“Drugs are a legal matter and the investigation by premier agencies will surely bring justice. I know that the film fraternity will co-operate with the law and support them completely. But I request you to not look at the entire film industry like an evil and dishonourable place. Please don't do that.
“I have personally believed in the power of the media. If our media does not raise its voice at the right time, many people do not get justice. I request the media to continue its endeavours, but with a little sensitivity, because one negative news can potentially destroy the reputation of artists who have worked hard for years to earn it."
After Kangana Ranaut, Akshay Kumar is the first person from Bollywood's A-list that has come forward in the case of Sushant Singh Rajput.
Kumar's address to fans came after the allegations of drugs used in the Bollywood industry and investigation of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) with Shraddha Kapoor, Rakul Preet, Deepika Padukone, and Sara Ali Khan because they had found evidence against all these Bollywood stars.
The second phase of Sushant Singh Rajput's death case investigation is likely to start this week by ED, NCB, and CBI. The forensics reports of AIIMS will be included in its investigation by CBI.
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