Ranvir Shorey had made his debut opposite Manisha Koirala in the film Ek Chhotisi Love Story in 2002. Since then he has been making progress in the cut-throat world of Bollywood. But never has he witnessed multiple releases as now amid this pandemic. He clarifies=, however, that it’s just a coincidence that his various projects shot over the past two years got released on OTT platforms around the same time. After the short web series Metro Park – Quarantine Edition and the Kunal Kemmu-starrer Lootcase, the latest release of the actor is the series ‘High’ which revolves around the theme of drug mafia.
‘High’ comes at a time when drug abuse in Bollywood seems to be the hottest topic of debate with multiple arrests being made. On being asked by Hindustan Times if use of drugs was really a part of the party culture in Bollywood, the actor replied, “I think drug consumption in Bollywood is the same proportion as it is generally in society. I have seen drugs at non-Bollywood parties as well.”
The Sonchiriya actor also strongly believes that besides CBD oil, marijuana should also be made legal in India. He says, “It is based on very archaic laws; it is legal in a lot of countries. I believe this is another colonial hangover that we have.”
Ranvir had recently reacted to veteran actor and Rajya Sabha member Jaya Bachchan, who had said that one must not insult the platter in which they eat, referring to those giving a bad name to Bollywood amid the nepotism debate. The 48-year-old had said that he wasn’t given anything on a platter which was reserved for star kids and people like him only got a few pieces from it. On being asked if he had ever been replaced by a star kid, Ranvir said, “These things don’t happen in front of you. This happens behind the scenes. But I have had instances where scripts were given to me for certain parts and I said yes to them. And finally those films were made with some other people, including star kids.”
Ranvir however, agrees that streaming platforms are contributing in a big way in providing good opportunities to the talented and newcomers. “This is a great time for artists and technicians. The OTT platforms are adding the most to this, not the traditional theatrical system,” he asserted.
Shorey and wife Konkona Sen Sharma are officially divorced now.