Tollywood under drugs glare, vigil on heroines

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  • On interrogation of recently-arrested drug peddlers, STF sleuths discovered that several Tollywood personalities were their regulars.STF identified nine personalities, including two heroines, actors, a cinematographer and an art director were among their clientèle

HYDERABAD: Nine Tollywood personalities, including two heroines, were issued notices by Special Task Force (STF) of the prohibition and excise department for substance abuse.

on the interrogation of recently-arrested drug peddlers Calvin Mascarenhas and Md Zeeshan Ali, the STF sleuths discovered that several Tollywood personalities were their regulars.

STF identified nine personalities, including two heroines, one of them from Punjab, actors, a cinematographer and an art director, were among their clientele.

While the men from Tollywood were already served notices under Section 67 (Power to call for information) of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, notices to the two actresses were dispatched on Wednesday. They were directed to appear before the investigating official in six days time for questioning.

Rattled by the developments and names of Tollywood personalities cropping up in drug bust cases, Movie Artistes’ Association (MAA) has issued a warning to immediately put an end to the drug menace.

“Beware, you are being watched. The police have a list of names. You should mend your ways,” producer Allu Aravind said at a press conference here on Wednesday .Telugu Film Chamber of Commerce president D Suresh Babu said the film industry in Hyderabad could not afford to have its image tarnished because of a few individuals getting into drugs.

“We will conduct an awareness programme against drugs use. We will also be providing treatment,” Suresh Babu said. “Hyderabad will lose its charm if the film industry gets a bad name. This should not be the case,” he said.

MAA president Shivaji Raja said there were 30,000 people in the film industry. “If 1015 people have been identified as being involved in taking drugs, it should not reflect on the entire industry,” he said.

Source: Times Of India

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