Shahrukh Khan’s son, Aryan Khan was booked recently under various provisions of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985 (NDPS Act) dealing with the sale and possession of illegal drugs. It is not the first time that someone from Bollywood gets caught in the involvement of drugs. There seems to be a connection between Bollywood and drugs that needs to be uncovered. Not going deep in the past, last year many Bollywood actors were seen walking to the office of the NCB (Narcotics Control Bureau) for their alleged dealing with the drugs. It all started after the death of the rising actor Sushant Singh Rajput. But, even that was not the first incident of its kind. There have been several cases of Bollywood personalities being involved in drugs. I think we are receiving more information today because of the more vigilant media. Can’t say whether a piece of news is true or false but the sharp media has the power to convince us. The drugs case, however, seems to have deeper roots in Bollywood. Admit that we are impatient to know about the connection between the Bollywood folks and illegal drugs.
History of the connection between Bollywood and Drug cartel
Dig into the history of Bollywood’s connection with drugs and you will find several examples of drug abuse.
1. In 1979, Mahesh Bhatt admitted that he was into LSD ( Lysergic Acid Diethylamide) after his failed relationship with actress Parveen Babi.
2. Sanjay Dutt is quite vocal about his substance abuse. He admits to having tried every drug available. His recovery process was very tough but he came out victorious.
3. Actor Fardeen Khan was arrested in 2001 for possessing cocaine. He underwent a detoxification course after his release.
4. Prateik Babbar also fought a long battle with drugs. He claims to have suffered from mental health issues after the death of his mother, actress Smita Patil.
5. Rhea Chakraborty, Deepika Padukone, Sara Ali Khan Shraddha Kapoor and many other Bollywood actors were nabbed by the NCB, for the alleged possession of drugs, after the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput.
Use of drugs in Bollywood movies
Drug abuse has been given an unexplainable place in Bollywood movies. While in the real world, we are fighting hard to eradicate the culprit out of our society, Bollywood movies are glamorising the usage of these life-threatening drugs.
Movies like Page 3 (2005), Fashion (2008), Dev D (2009), Shaitan (2011), Fukrey (2013), Go Goa Gone (2013), Udta Punjab (2016) and Sanju (2018) dealt with the theme of drugs. The filmmakers’ plea is that they are showing reality on screen. The fine line between the screen act and real-life should not be crossed because it can have disastrous consequences.
I feel that it is good to spread awareness about drug abuse but glamorising it can ruin the generations and it is happening!
We watch movies leisurely but their impressions haunt our minds for a long time. Anything that’s shown in movies defines our society but their glamorisation simply defeats the purpose. From ‘Hare Rama Hare Krishna’ to ‘Sanju’, the Bollywood movies dealing with drug abuse somewhere arose the desire in the youngsters to try these lethal drugs. I doubt how they pass the censor board norms. Showing substance usage on screen by the Bollywood heroes and heroines encourages youngsters to replicate them. It is easy to understand.
Bollywood and Drug-mafia Related?
It is open that Mumbai’s drug cartel is promoted by Dawood’s D-company. The Bollywood stars who are (or, can be) the high-paying clients are at the centre of suspicion. The repeated drug-abuse cases from the Bollywood fraternity and the glamorizing of drugs in Bollywood movies make it obvious that there is some connection between Bollywood and the drug mafia.