Culture, excise departments to jointly act against substance abuse among Malayalam film actors

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Thiruvananthapuram: The culture and excise departments of Kerala have decided to make joint moves to tackle drug use in the film industry. Film makers have been asked to prepare a list of those who use drugs on sets, with the government ready to take action if it is handed over.

The excise department, responsible for inspecting sets and taking further action, and the culture department, responsible for the film sector, will be discussing the current issues with the chief minister. It has been alleged that a list of 27 filmmakers who use drugs was prepared a year ago and given to a film organisation official by the state police chief, but it was never acted upon.

Minister Saji Cherian has stated that he will be discussing the drug issue with the excise department and film industry organisations.

Minister MB Rajesh has stated that the excise department has a general policy against drug use and does not make special considerations for the film industry. Rajesh has also confirmed that if a complaint is received, legal action will be taken.

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