Weighing in on the debate about Bollywood's alleged drug nexus, former Bigg Boss winner Shilpa Shinde has said that big actors themselves ask for "special services" from talent management agencies. The Narcotics Control Bureau on Wednesday issued summons to actors Deepika Padukone, Sara Ali Khan, and Shraddha Kapoor as part of the investigation into the drug angle in actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death, news agency ANI reported.
The NCB had also summoned Deepika Padukone’s manager Karishma Prakash and KWAN talent management agency’s chief executive officer Dhruv Chitgopekar on Tuesday for questioning, according to news agency PTI. Karishma is also an employee at KWAN.
Shilpa, who is best known for her show Bhabiji Ghar Par Hain!, has said that she doesn't think one should entirely blame talent agencies for it. Talking about the same, Shilpa told Times Now, "When talent management companies approach artistes, the artistes ask what facilities they are going to give them. It depends on person to person. Are these things available? The way Deepika's case has come out. It is about who is demanding. I don't want to blame management companies but it's not just KWAN. But there are a lot of other companies who have to take care of their celebs even when they go abroad."
#Exclusive | TIMES NOW’s Sherine speaks to actor Shilpa Shinde over ‘#BollywoodMegaDrugConfession’.‘There are many such talent management companies where the clients themselves as what special services can be provided to big stars’, says Shilpa Shinde. pic.twitter.com/ANU2JhRLPB— TIMES NOW (@TimesNow) September 23, 2020
Shilpa further said that even though the consumption of drugs is wrong, it's rampant not just in the film industry but everywhere. Shilpa said, "When I was meeting police officers when the Bhabhiji matter was going on, I have seen they used to receive messages about conducting raids at parties and other places. And those are normal parties, not celebrity parties. I am not taking the side of any celebrity or a Bollywood actor. But this happens everywhere."