Anurag Kashyap, during an interview, alleged that Bhojpuri actor and Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha-Ravi Kishan smoked up weed in the past on film sets. The filmmaker who directed the actor in Mukkabaaz, claimed that the whole world knows about it. Reacting to Anurag's claims, Ravi told a media agency that one must think 1000 times before speaking. He further said he doesn't need to justify what he is doing or did in the past.
"I do not need to justify what I currently do or used to do. It is my humble request to you Anurag babu. You know I respect you. You must understand what I am saying. One must think a thousand times before thinking or speaking anything. This goes for him too," Ravi told.
I didn't expect such words from Anurag Kashyap. It's no secret I am a devotee of Shiva so I chant his name. I'm saddened he would not support me on this issue of the war on drugs & say that I smoked up & am now clean just because I'm a minister, which I'm not: Ravi Kishan, BJP MP pic.twitter.com/6v9vxj9Fdc
— ANI (@ANI) September 19, 2020
Ravi then said that he didn't expect such words from Anurag and being a Shiv devotee, he chants his name. "I did not expect such words from Anurag Kashyap. It is no secret I am a devotee of Shiva so I chant his name. I am saddened he would not support me on this issue of the war on drugs and say that I smoked up and I am now clean just because I am a minister, which I am not," Ravi added.
For the unversed, Anurag in his statement, said, "Ravi Kishan acted in my last film Mukkabaaz. Ravi Kishan starts his day by saying Jai Shiv Shankar, Jai Bam Bhole. Jai Shiv Shambhu. For the longest period of his time, he has been somebody who has used weed. It is life. Everybody knows it. The whole world knows. There’s not a single person who doesn’t know that Ravi Kishan does not smoke up. He might have quit now, that he has become a minister, he might have cleaned up. But do you include that in drugs? No. I am not judging Ravi, because I have never seen weed as a drug. ‘Abuse’ is not the word. He used to smoke up. He has always been functional, he has always done his job well, it did not make him dysfunctional, did not make him a monster. It did not do anything that people associate with drugs. So when he talks about it, when he takes a self righteous stand, I have a problem with that."
The drugs controversy started after Ravi, in his Parliament speech during the monsoon session claimed that there was a problem of drug addiction in the film industry.