Bollywood’s real-life stories are way darker than the stories depicted on the silver screen. It has always been sparkled with glam & glitz and so the B-town celebrities to grace & elegance. This ‘entertainment industry’ is a convergence of grand celebrations, secret gossips, love & affairs, and sometimes controversies of underworld connection and narcotics-filled parties.
Bollywood’s drug connection is way older than today’s headlines on the domination of star kids, nepotism, relationships, and their breakdowns in the Indian film industry. However, Bollywood celeb’s romance with drugs has been continuing for decades because no one had reached Bollywood despite hundreds of offenses, including drug abuse, tax evasion, hawala money, underworld connection, and numerous FIRs being filed for various offenses, including murder charges, illegal aggregation to involuntary manslaughter.
There was no strong action against drug peddlers and celebrities involved in narcos even when Sanjay’s Dutt’s drug addiction and rehabilitation were making headlines. Though there have been many actors involved in drug cases, a few of them were arrested including Fardeen Khan and Vijay Raj. But the story ends there and even when the actresses like Manisha Koirala openly spoke about her drug addiction. However, the darkest secret of Bollywood revealed with Sushant Singh Rajput’s mysterious death and the drug game is beautifully turned from Rhea Chakraborty to some of the biggest Bollywood celebrities including Deepika Padukon (Ranveer Singh’s wife) and Sara Ali Khan (Saif Ali Khan’s Daughter).
While the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) is unleashing the Bollywood’s drug connection, we have made a list of famous B-town celebrities who were arrested in drug cases.
1. Sanjay Dutt
Back in 1982 when Sanjay Dutt’s career was at the peak, he was arrested in a drug case and also sentenced to 5-month jail. It was the first high-profile case from Bollywood’s street that came to light. The son of veteran Hindi Cinema actor and politician, Sunil Dutt went to a rehabilitation center in the US to get rid of this drug addiction. He was also arrested under the arms act for keeping an AK-47 during the Mumbai Bomb Blast.
“I had taken heroin and I went to sleep. I woke up hungry. It was early in the morning. I told my servant to get me something to eat. He started crying and said, ‘You have woken up after two days. The house has gone crazy, people are worried.’ I looked at myself in the mirror and I had this drug puffiness and I just knew I was going to die. I went and told my dad that I need help.” He said on a show.
2. Fardeen Khan
Famous actor Fardeen Khan, the son of veteran actor Firoz Khan was arrested by Mumbai Police on 5th May 2002 on the charge of drug (Cocaine) possession. He was charged with involvement in drug dealing and was booked under section 28©. The actor underwent a de-addiction process in the same year and later in 2012, he was granted bail with immunity in a drug case. The actor last appeared in ‘Dulha Mil Gaya’ in 2010.
3. Vijay Raaz
On 14 February 2005, Dubai police reportedly detained ‘Kauwa Biryani’ comedian Vijay Raaz for illegal possession of narcotic drugs. The detention took place during his shooting for Vikram Bhatt’s ‘Deewane Huye Paagal’ in UAE. Though Raaz told the Gulf News, “I have no idea where and how it crept into my luggage. I suspect that someone intentionally planted it there.” When I saw it, I was completely shocked and I have never, even consumed drugs, he added.
A total of 6 gm of marijuana was found in the actor’s bag. The police carried out a test in which he came negative and released later.
4. Gauri Khan
The King of Bollywood – Shah Rukh Khan’s wife Gauri Khan was arrested by Berline Police for illegal possession of Marijuana. She is badly addicted to Marijuana and openly talked about her addiction.
5. Rahul Mahajan
Not a Bollywood star, but gained popularity after his appearance in Big Boss Season 2, Rahul Mahajan, Son of Ex union cabinet minister Mr. Pramod Mahajan, made headlines for excessive drug abuse. Later he was arrested for various charges.
6. Mamta Kulkarni
Former Bollywood actress Mamta Kulkarni along with her husband was recently named in a million-dollar drug racket. The duo was reportedly detained in a joint operation run by the drug enforcement agency of the US and the local Mombasa police.
Interestingly, on the other hand, the same Bollywood has given us movies like Udta Punjab, Go Goa Gone, Dum Maro Dum, Charas, Malang, and Dev-D on the prevalence of Drugs. On the other hand, the fire gets closer to home, Bollywood itself is heating in flames.