the blockbusters, the glitz, the glamor, the incessant flashes of
cameras and award winning performances, Bollywood hides a darker side.
Drugs, alcohol and celebrity go hand in hand these days and addiction
has fast become a part of celebrity life. B-Town stars have often been
caught, be it at parties or airports, falling victims to their
additions. While no lover of Bollywood desires to see their favorite
succumb to substance abuse, unfortunately this is the reality. In this
article, BollyCurry brings to you a list of celebs who have previously
faced and fought drug addiction.
the misery of addiction struck Fardeen Khan's family hard when he was
caught and arrested in an attempt to buy cocaine. The incident took
place right after his movie Pyaar Tune Kya Kiya made box office
news, which added extra hype around his family. However, Khan was let
off easily in this case. Since the quality he attempted purchase was
less than two grams, he was able to avoid punishment which typically
carries a maximum ten year prison sentence. He was granted immunity from
prosecution on the grounds that he undergoes detoxification. This may
have been a turning point in Khan's life as the actor willingly
requested for a rehab visit, saving him quite a few fans.
being the "bad boy" of the Bollywood industry, Sanjay Dutt has gone
through various trials and is a frequent visitor of jail. In addition to
his legal troubles, he has been struggling with a major drug addiction
for years. It has been speculated that Dutt, who experimented with drugs
as a teenager, became addicted after the death of his beloved mother,
Nargis. Sunil Dutt, the veteran actor and Sanjay's father, had no
options left but to persuaded his son to seek help in battling his
addiction. Thus, Dutt shifted to Texas for a while and underwent
Ali, the man with a voice to sooth your soul, has been an ardent user of
marijuana for over eight years. However, after a long battle, he
overcame it all and went on to being widely recognized for his singing,
helping him to stand proudly as a youth icon today. It is said that the
movie Dushman Duniya Ka by his father and popular Bollywood comedian Mehmood is loosely depicted on his tryst with drug abuse.
younger self of Abhay Deol was anything but what he is today. While
today he is the perfect picture of calm and composure, tucking his
personal life away from the prying eyes of the media, he was quite the
opposite in the earlier days of his life where he tagged himself as the
rebellious one in his family. Whilst away from his family and living
abroad, if he ever had an issue, he took it out on himself by turning to
drugs. But he has long left his troublesome days behind and is focused
in building a healthy future.
Khan, wife of the Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, was once caught
with a bag of cocaine. Traveling via Berlin Airport, she was stopped at
baggage check and was taken into custody immediately. However, call it
luck or call it fate, Khan was let go for carrying a small amount and
after declaring that the cocaine was for personal consumption only.
Kapoor may have left his school days behind but his story of drug usage
starts from there. He has revealed in interviews stating he dabbled with
a fair share of weed during film school and then later became hooked.
He has also confessed that during the shoot of Rockstar, he
used marijuana as an acting tool to help him get in the mind frame of
his character and endure the mass 'audience' crowd staring bored at him
while retaking scenes. Nonetheless, his performance in the film earned
him two Filmfare awards.
Raaz, the unorthodox actor, was arrested in Abu Dhabi in February 2005
for possession of drugs. When legal experts were called in, the quantity
had been listed as being too little to harm. He therefore was left off
without a severe punishment. The argument of whether the drug was for
personal use or otherwise is still unbeknownst to all.
the heights of fame and then rapidly falling down the slippery slope of
substance abuse is possibly the worst career graph an actor could map
out for themselves. But that is how Manisha Koirala's story developed.
Koirala is infamous for her drug abuse, drinking and smoking indulges.
However, all of this came to a halt when she was diagnosed with ovarian
cancer from which she has emerged victorious. The actress has now joined
many anti-drugs campaign, one of which she partners alongside Sanjay
you have it, a small list of celebs who've struggled and overcome their
battle with drug abuse. As controversial and taboo as the topic is, it
does exist and we must educate the young, the blissful and the ignorant
in what harm meddling with drugs can do not only to your body but the
people who love and adore you as well.
Author: Saraa K.
Editor(s): Marsh P. and Jenifer Y.
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