On Monday, Union Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore sought to correct the negative public perception that black money is pumped into films, and said the industry is likely to benefit from demonetisation.
"The film industry has been transacting through cheques and money loaned from banks. We used to earlier hear that the black money is pumped in the film industry.
"I don't think in this age there is any black money used in the film industry. There will be transparency in the film funding due to which good films will get the support," Rathore said talking to the reporters on the sidelines of ongoing International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa.
The Union minister also went on to say that certain section of people who were running parallel economy have now vanished.
"There will be impact of demonetisation on terrorism, theft, dacoity, use of drugs, crime rate.. everything will be decreased once economy becomes cashless, everything is interlinked," he added.
But it was his comments that there's no black money in film industry, that evoked the wrath of Twitterati.
Here's how Twitter reacted:
Entire world admits am Mrs ClooneyThere's no black money in film industry, claims Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore https://t.co/PcQsZLixNS— Priyashmita Guha (@priyashmita) November 28, 2016
There's no black money in film industry, claims Rajyavardhan Singh RathoreThis shud be joke of the year https://t.co/ySCqaZhz9s— aman ka tamasha (@ExSecular) November 28, 2016
Modi Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore said No Black Money in Film IndustrySo, Dawood investing RSS-BJP Black Money in Film Industry— Shriraj Kesariya (@_shriraj) November 29, 2016
@mediacrooks Not verified but looks like this 'ribbon cutter' said "No black money in Bollywood". Thats like Sonia born in UP!— Lone Rotten Rascal (@vedantam_sa) November 28, 2016
There's no black money in Bollywood. Only scripts, which cannot be disclosed.— Rohit G Banawlikar (@RohitBanawlikar) November 28, 2016
There is no black money in Bollywood. Joke ends.— right wing page3 (@indiantweeter) November 28, 2016