"Accept your mistake and pledge to quit drugs."
Johnny Lever has spoken out about Bharti Singh and Haarsh Limbachiyaa’s arrest.
The husband and wife were arrested by the NCB on November 21, 2020, following raids on their production office and house.
NCB officers recovered 86.5 grams of cannabis.
Both were sent to judicial custody until December 4, 2020. In a statement, the NCB revealed that Bharti and Haarsh have admitted consuming cannabis.
Colleagues of the comedians have been left shocked by the news. Now, veteran actor and comedian Johnny Lever has reacted to the arrest.
He explained how drugs negatively affect creativity. Johnny said:
“Drugs is becoming a trend like alcohol used to be back in days.
“Alcohol used to be easily available and a lot of parties used to happen and even I have made the mistake of drinking but then when I realised alcohol is not good as it is affecting my talent and creativity and I quit.
“But the consumption of drugs by this generation of creative people is crossing limits.
“And if you get caught indulging in it imagine what will your family go through and those who are watching your story on news channels and are consuming even lethal drugs must be going through and if this trend of drug indulgence continues, hamari industry kharab ho jaayegi.”
Johnny went on to advise Haarsh and Bharti to accept their mistakes like Sanjay Dutt did.
“I would like to say one thing to both Bharti and Haarsh.
“Once you guys come out, speak to your colleagues both young and old not to indulge in drugs.
“Look at Sanjay Dutt, he confessed to the world. What bigger example do you want?
“Accept your mistake and pledge to quit drugs. Nobody is going to come to give you a bouquet of flowers for this case.”
He shared that he tells students not to take drugs, calling it a sign of “weakness”.
“I tell students not to indulge in drugs. Kyonki jail jaoge and jail is not a place for creative people like us.”
“Taking drugs is a sign of weakness and it only spoils your health and your name. It affects your career also.
“We seniors and those who have confessed, need to counsel our juniors or else our industry will be doomed.”
Johnny Lever also recalled an incident where Kalyanji, of the composer duo Kalyanji-Anandji, found out that he was consuming alcohol. The actor was advised to not drink as it would tarnish his talent.
On the work front, the actor will next be seen in the remake of Coolie No. 1.