The style and work culture of Bollywood has gone through a big transformation over the years but there a few things that haven’t changed– star power, unending support from fans and drugs.
There was a time when Bollywood actors and actresses used to stay mum on the topic of drugs. Journalists and fans used to know about their drug habits but they never came out in public and confessed it. Maybe, at that time, it was because of the orthodox society which might have refused to accept such actors.
But, things have changed a little and now some of the stars don’t mind sharing their experiences with drugs and alcohol. When we talk about the actors who came out in public and accepted getting addicted to drugs, there is one that stands out– Sanjay Dutt.
Sanjay was arrested in 1982 for possession of drugs, post which he went to the US for rehab on his father’s suggestion. Since then, things have changed a big deal and he has been a changed man, and has never had any hesitation in sharing his drug addiction in public.
Here are 10 stories of drug-abuse in Bollywood:
1) Sanjay Dutt
Sanjay Dutt is one of the most stylish and flamboyant actors in the history of Indian cinema. But, behind his happy face, the dashing actor has hidden many sad stories of life. He fought a very hard battles with drugs and came out as a winner. In an interview, Dutt mentioned how he took to drugs due to his shyness with women. But now he propagates how it is better to “be high on life” than on any substance. In one of his interviews he also revealed that he has taken almost every drug a man can think of.
2) Fardeen Khan
Fardeen Khan was involved in a big drug-conrtoevrsy in the year 2001, when he was arrested by the Mumbai police for drug possession. He was later on granted bail with immunity in 2012, but he went on a long detoxification process.
3) Manisha Koirala
Manisha Koirala made a brilliant start her Bollywood career but fell apart because of drugs and alcohol. But after battling and overcoming ovarian cancer, Manisha has finally turned a new leaf and has often spoken about the dangers of drug use.
4) Prateik Babbar
Prateik Babbar is a promising young actor. In 2016, he spoke publicly about his struggle with alcohol and substance abuse and revealed how he wasn’t being true to himself and the people he loved. But, now he is a changed man and encourages youth to stay away from drugs and alcohol.
5) Ranbir Kapoor
Ranbir Kapoor is one of the best actors of his generation. He comes from the most popular family in Bollywood and has acting in his blood and genes. In an interview with India Today, Ranbir Kapoor admitted to having done his fair share of pot (marijuana) during his days at the film school. He said he later tried it during Rockstar as an acting tool to focus better.
6) Mamta Kulkarni
Mamta Kulkarni was a star during her initial years in Bollywood. She gave some good performances and earned the love and support of her fans. But, later her career fell apart and she was caught in a drug racket in Kenya with her druglord husband Vicky Goswami.
7) DJ Aqeel
DJ Akeel, who was Bollywood’s favourite DJ until a few years ago, was arrested at Dubai airport on charges of possessions of illegal drugs. 0.4 grams of ecstasy was found in his bag, post which he was taken to the anti-narcotics cell.