After Aryan Khan’s arrest on charges of using banned drugs and substance abuse, the drug abuse buzz among Bollywood celebrities has started once again.
On Saturday evening, a team of NCB busted a drugs party on the Cordelia cruise ship, which was going to Goa in the middle of the sea. According to NCB Mumbai director Sameer Wankhede, eight people, including Aryan Khan, were detained by the NCB for questioning in connection with the alleged seizure of drugs on the cruise ship. All the eight people detained from the Mumbai cruise were arrested by the Mumbai Police on Sunday.
While people associated with the Hindi film industry have been accused of drug use several times, the debate on the subject intensified after the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput in June 2020.
Late actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s father KK Singh had filed an FIR against actor and video jockey (VJ) Rhea Chakraborty and her family members for abetment to suicide in Patna in July 2020. Rhea and her brother Shoik Chakraborty were accused of being part of a drug cartel that supplied drugs to the late actor.
In September 2020, the NCB also summoned actors Deepika Padukone, Sara Ali Khan, Shraddha Kapoor and Rakul Preet Singh to record their statements in connection with the agency’s investigation against the “drug syndicate”.
Comedian Bharti Singh and her husband Harsh Limbachiyaa were arrested by the NCB in November following the alleged seizure of ganja from their house. The NCB had said that during a search operation at the couple’s Versova home, they had allegedly found a bag containing 65 grams of ganja and 21.5 grams of cannabis from another residence.
In December 2020, NCB issued notice to director Karan Johar over a video of a party held in 2019, in which several Bollywood celebrities were present.
The viral video featured several celebrities including Deepika Padukone, Ranbir Kapoor, Vicky Kaushal, Varun Dhawan, Arjun Kapoor, Shahid Kapoor, Ayan Mukerji, Zoya Akhtar and Malaika Arora. After watching the clip, many alleged that the top stars present at the party were showing “drug looks”.
Many Bollywood stars have spoken openly about their addiction in the past as well.
Actor Prateik Babbar has been vocal about his comeback after a struggle with drug and alcohol dependence. He said that he wants to get his life back to make his late mother Smita Patil proud. His first experience with drugs was when he was 13 years old.
What started as experiments with marijuana and hashish evolved into an addiction to cocaine and acid for the ‘Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na’ actor. Prateek admitted that his family encouraged him to sign up for rehab which eventually helped him get better.
Sanjay Dutt also has a history of drug addiction. He had a nine-year-long battle with drugs. He was later sent to a rehabilitation center in America.
In the BBC documentary titled ‘To Hell and Back’, Dutt said, “I’ve done every drug out there. I was already on drugs when my mother was being treated for cancer. Once upon a time ‘Rocky’ (Dutt’s first) During the shooting of the film), I was so addicted that once I traveled with 1 kg of heroin in my shoes.”
Rajkumar Hirani’s biopic on actor Sanjay Dutt titled ‘Sanju’ has been featured on his drug habit and rehabilitation.
In 2014, there were also reports that famous rapper Yo Yo Honey Singh, who had isolated himself from the world for more than a year, was in Chandigarh’s rehab.
In 2001, actor Fardeen Khan was arrested for possession of cocaine. He took a detoxification course at a government hospital and filed an application seeking immunity in the case, which was granted in March 2012.
(with ANI inputs)