Sharad Malhotra feels that the utilization of drugs is an individual’s choice, but the actor would put his foot down if he saw anyone doing drugs openly on the set because that is a place of work.
Talking about the section of media and netizens accusing the entire industry for the industry’s alleged drug links, the Naagin 5 actor says, “I think it’s a personal choice if you want to do drugs or consume alcohol, but why drag the entire sector in it?”
He further added, “They say one bad apple spoils the barrel, and I understand that. But it’s a massive industry that is flourishing, and it has been doing great all these years. I am really proud to be a part of the industry. Whatever people want to do in their personal lives is their choice. But if you are doing drugs or consuming alcohol on the set, I will put my foot down because that’s the place we work. Honestly, all these years I have not seen anyone doing anything like that on the set.”
Post Rhea Chakraborty’s arrest by the Narcotics Control Bureau earlier this month as part of the investigation into the death of her boyfriend and actor Sushant Singh Rajput, the entertainment industry has been under the radar for supposed drug links. In fact, Manikarnika star Kangana Ranaut claimed that 99 percent of Bollywood consume drugs.
“It’s very upsetting because I don’t think it’s right to target just the entertainment sector. You have the corporate sector, industrial sector. Why just the entertainment sector? Because there is a lot of money, fame and adulation? It’s not right for people to target just the entertainment sector,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Kasam Tere Pyaar Ki actor is glad that he has never been offered drugs, “I am glad about the fact because to each his own. I am high on life, which I always say and I like it that way.”