“Bollywood is not filled with druggies."
Suniel Shetty gave a passionate speech in which he insisted that “Bollywood is not filled with druggies”.
The actor had attended an event organised by the CBI.
The industry has been labelled as the hub of drugs.
Suniel defended the industry in a passionate speech.
He said: “I have been in the industry for 30 years and I have 300 friends who have never touched any substance all their life.”
Suniel went on to say: “Bollywood is not filled with druggies.
“We make mistakes but please think of them as children and forgive them.”
He also spoke about certain Twitter trends, adding:
“#BoycottBollywood #BollywoodDruggies it’s not like that.”
The tragic death of Sushant Singh Rajput in 2020 led the NCB to question many Bollywood celebrities and their alleged links to drugs.
Sushant’s girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty and her brother Showik were accused of procuring drugs for the late actor.
She was arrested and spent nearly a month in prison.
Instances of Bollywood & Alleged Drug Links
In 2019, a controversial video went viral that ended up being nicknamed ‘Udta Bollywood‘.
Karan Johar had held a house party and invited the likes of Deepika Padukone, Arjun Kapoor and Shahid Kapoor.
The video was recorded by Karan and it panned across the room, showing all the stars in attendance.
It began with Deepika posing with her friend and was followed by Malaika Arora, who winked at the camera.
It then moved towards Arjun Kapoor who was busy talking to a smiling Shahid. Varun Dhawan was then seen chatting to filmmaker Zoya Akhtar.
But social media users claimed that the stars were on drugs as many looked bleary-eyed.
Others believed they could see lines of cocaine.
Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan was arrested in October 2021 during a raid on a cruise ship.
Various substances including cocaine, MDMA and Mephedrone were all believed to have been consumed during a party aboard the ship.
It was later confirmed that Aryan himself did not have any drugs in his possession.
He remained in custody as the NCB alleged that “incriminating” WhatsApp chats indicated that he was in fact regularly involved with drugs.
The bureau also claimed that he could tamper with evidence if he was released.
They also claimed that Aryan had links to international drug trafficking.
Aryan spent nearly a month in prison before being released and having all charges dropped.
The alleged links between drugs and Bollywood continue to be a topic of discussion, with many criticising the apparent dark side of the industry.