Raju Srivastav is shocked at fellow comedian Bharti Singh’s arrest for allegedly consuming drugs. The veteran comedian asked if taking ganja was necessary in the creative field. He stated that he was going to defend her and her husband Haarsh Limbachiyaa, who was also arrested. They are good friends of Raju but was shocked as she herself allegedly admitted to taking drugs.
Raju Srivastava unhappy over Bharti Singh’s alleged drugs links
Reacting to Bharti Singh’s arrest, Raju Srivastav’s said on Republic Bharat, “I am not sure what is going on. Is it necessary to take ganja in creative field?”
He added, “I am not sure under whose influence she did this. Not only am I shocked, I am angry. She is my good friend. I had attended her birthday party recently and was with her for 3 days during her wedding.”
Raju Srivastav continued, “People love you. Don’t you think the love from 130 crore people is any less intoxication? Why do you need to do all this?”
“I come on this show to actually defend them and was going to say, they might have not have done it and that maybe the drug peddler took their name to frame them. But you are saying they have accepted, so I am shocked,” the veteran exclaimed.
Reacting on the news, Sunil Pal said he had worked with Bharti Singh and did not expect her to get named in the case. “I am shocked at the news. It is traumatic for me because I have seen Bharti become successful from nothing. I was the one who introduced her on the Great Indian Laughter Challenge and I saw how popular she got with her work. I was happy, she thought of me as a brother and greeted me with folded hands. She is a sanskari (cultured) and sweet girl.
Even Harsh is a good boy. So how and where all of this started, what sort of groupism this is that is provoking her to take drugs, I am very shocked and sad,” he said.
When asked if any sort of intoxication was necessary for creative work or to make it big in the field of entertainment, Raju Srivastav replied, “Ganja is not necessary for comedy. Did she do it for energy? There are other ways to build energy and concentration. One should exercise. Did you do to show off, to become like top stars, because they do it?”
Raju further added, “All this artists, Bharti, Shraddha (Kapoor) and others, if they have free time that they do not know what to do with and start taking drugs, start working on keeping yourself fit. There is so much to do. You are artists, you appear on the big screen. Do you yoga, exercise. If you have time, do theatre, watch good movies.” Shraddha was also questioned by the NCB in the drugs case in September.