Bollywood superstar’s son arrested for alleged drug use on cruise ship

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23 years old Aryan Khan, son of Indian actor/producer Shahrukh Khan who is also known for his work internationally, has been arrested on 3rd October by NCB (Narcotics Control Bureau) in drugs case. NCB raided a cruise in Mumbai on 3rd October’s night after, the team themselves booked the seats to bust the party. As per the information, besides Aryan Khan, Arbaaz Merchant (friend of several Bollywood star kids), Munmun Dhamecha (daughter of a businessman) and other high-profile people are also under custody and is been questioned since then. NCB seized 5grams of Mephedrone, 13grams of cocaine, 22 pills of MDM, 21grams of charas (cannabis concentrate made) and Rs 1.3 lakh cash from Aryan Khan, details came from the sources.

Since the death of Sushant Singh Rajput (Indian actor) and connection of his case with drugs surfaced publicly, NCB quickly entered the scene and considering the significance and consequence, that led them to open hidden doors of number of celebrities. Big Bollywood actors like Deepika Padukone, Sara Ali khan, Shraddha Kapoor along with other bunch of people that are directly or indirectly linked to Indian film industry, had been questioned for hours by NCB regarding the same.

After medical tests, Aryan Khan has been sent behind the bars for further investigation. Despite coming from an influential family, after the arrest of Aryan, NCB Chief said, ‘Its not NCB’s job to find out whether the accused belongs to an industrialist’s family or a film star’s family. Our job is to take action and we are doing it. Whoever is involved in this network, irrespective of the industry they belong to, we will take action.’ The Khan family has not released any statement but were seen heading to NCB office to join their son during the procedure.

Now further inquiry is taking place about how and who transported drugs in cruise party. Statement given to the media houses by CEO of Cordelia cruise included, ‘Cruise is not connected with this case directly or indirectly. Cordelia cruise was given to a Delhi’s management company for an event.’ After the air was cleared from cruise company’s side, the speculations of drugs were already present on the cruise before the party started, are encircling.

Mr. Manoj K Gupta who produced several short films and has connections from Bollywood said, ‘This is not new. Bollywood and drugs go hand in hand. It’s a glamour world and people who are part of it needs it for number of reasons.’ He told EAT news, although the trend of rave parties started long back in 80s and 90s, but in India it was spread by hippies from Goa and later to different states of the country. Giving names of veteran actors, Mr. Gupta admitted that the culture was adopted by old film stars too. ‘Parveen Babi, Manisha Koirala, Sanjay Dutt are some of the names that have been under substance abuse for a long time and even suffered in the public eye’, he said.

Not only Indian film industry, many Hollywood artists also either spend years in rehabilitation centres or behind the bars. Is Indian entertainment industry too walking on the same path, to which Mr. Manoj said, ‘This culture was adopted way before than today or few years ago. It’s a western culture that was welcomed by Indians and later made it a part of life.’ He further added, ‘The significance of drugs in an entertainment industry is fundamental without which, it won’t last. Actors generally comes under substance abuse to deal with stress, financial crisis, work crisis, and for sexual pleasure. Plus, Bollywood has its connections from underworld and drugs mafia for funds and glamour purposes’.

He commented on the present cruise case and said, ‘I am not going to take name but star kids from a very young age do get expose to all these substance because of the kind of people they are surrounded with. It is like a trap that has taken whole Bollywood in. I don’t think there is any Bollywood actor who haven’t influenced by this culture yet.’ In addition, he quoted EAT news, ‘Current generation is independent and believes in exploring every phase of life despite of circumstances. And when you belong to a powerful and rich family, nothing stops you and you don’t fear for the extent of consequences, one can face.’

Under the NDPS act, it is illegal to produce/cultivate/manufacture, sell, purchase, trade, transport, store, possess or consume any psychotropic substance or narcotic drug for a person. Punishment can be imprisonment for 10 to 20 years and fine of minimum Rs 2 lakh. According to Mr. Manoj, ‘Bollywood celebrities always have it with them in their purse, house and also at their other property. It is a source of pleasure and relaxation which they can’t compromise. And that is they join hands with drug peddlers and cops to maintain a balance’.

As the investigation is moving forward under the lead of Sameer Wankhede, there is a less chance for Aryan Khan to have a sigh of relief.  

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Shefali Ranawat is an Eat News correspondent in India. She want to be the voice of people. Also, she aim to be a war correspondent.

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