The CBI investigation into the death of Sushant Singh Rajput has led to many unexpected twists and turns. It has also led to many people and fans criticizing Bollywood as a whole for its culture. While many actors like Kangana Ranaut have defaced Bollywood others like Kareena Kapoor Khan and Abhishek Bachchan have extended their support to Bollywood.
Recently The Producers Guild of India issued a statement regarding all those who are trying to deface the industry as a whole. The statement reads, “The last few months have seen relentless attacks on the reputation of the Indian film industry across all media. The tragic death of a promising young star has been used by some as a tool to defame and slander the film industry and its members. A picture has been painted of the industry as a terrible place for outsiders to aspire to; a place that treats those who dare to enter it with contempt and derision; a murky den of substance abuse and criminality. This narrative is salacious enough for the media to exploit to great effect in order to boost its ratings, readership and page views."
The statement further added, “The film industry employs hundreds of thousands of people, boosts travel and tourism, and is one of the most important sources of soft power for India across the world. It has entertained hundreds of millions of people for over a century and has brought joy, honor, and glory to the nation. It has welcomed and embraced talent from across the country - from the worlds of literature, poetry, art, and music - and has drawn them in to create a unique cinematic language."
The statement also explicitly talks about nepotism in Bollywood. It says, “Being born into the industry most definitely affords you the privilege of access and a first break, but after that it is up to each individual's talent, hard work and drive to propel them forward.”