A  Bio-Pic On Meena Kumari’s Alcoholism Being Planned

Priyanka Chopra Is Right…Alcoholism Rampant In Bollywood

When Priyanka Chopra said on the Ellen Degeneres’ talk-show that Indians  drink  “a lot” she wasn’t off the mark.

Several  prominent actors , actresses star-wives and filmmakers are battling alcoholism in Bollywood .

“It is a very old and disturbing curse on the entertainment industry. It took MeenaKumari’s life and destroyed Manisha Koirala’s career. Now it’s back with a vengeance. Many actors actresses and filmmakers are borderline  addicts,” says a filmmaker .

There are several promiment film personalities battling the bottle , and it’s true not just of the Indian entertainment industry but society at large. When the very talented British actress Emily Blunt recently played an American  alcoholic wreck in the marvelous underrated The Girl On The Train  she spoke about the rampancy of  alcoholism in American  and its dominance being even stronger in  Great Britain.

Now a prominent Bollywood filmmaker is all set to make a film about a woman battling alcoholism. Though he is a big-name  movie maker he is  faced with a peculiar problem.

“Bollywood actresses are shy of  playing sloshed. They feel they will be branded alcoholics within the film industry,and would find it hard to get work.It’s the same fear of ostracization that keeps actors from playing gay,” says  the filmmaker .

Such a  change from the time when Meena Kumari who was addicted to alcohol fearlessly played an alcoholic in Guru Dutt’s Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam.

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