HYDERABAD: After notices were reportedly issued to 10 Tollywood actors in the wake of a crackdown on procurement, supply and peddling of narcotic drugs, the Movie Artists Association (MAA) issued an open warning to young stars against use of drugs.
Twelve persons including foreign nationals have been arrested by the Telangana State Prohibition and Excise Department's state task force in the last 10 days. They were arrested for procurement and supply of drugs. The department has issued notices to 26 schools and 27 colleges warning them of their students abusing drugs. Similar notices were reportedly issued to Tollywood actors too.
Veteran film producer Allu Arvind, on Wednesday, addressing media, said that certain people who may be involved in the business are defaming the industry. “We learnt that some young stars may be indulging in drugs. It may be just 10 of them, but that is affecting the entire industry. It might seem like no one knows what is going on, but the police is keeping a track and so are people in the industry,” said Arvind. He warned that they need to get rid of these habits or will have to face the consequences.
“They will have to face difficult consequences. Also, the police is not trying to punish them, but help them get de-addicted. So, it is better that they come clean,” he added.
The producer also opined that rave culture is a borrowed concept from Mumbai’s Bollywood industry and now youngsters in Tollywood have become slaves of drugs. This needs to stop, he said.
Producer D Suresh Babu pointed that Tollywood has a healthy environment and those indulging in drugs should stop doing it. “It is our collective responsibility,” he said.
Shivaji Raja, president of Movie Artists’ Association said that they would take efforts to eliminate this social problem and spread awareness about the same.