"The ones taking short-cuts do drugs.”
Actor and model Tarun Raj Arora from India has spoken about the usage of drugs within the Indian modelling industry.
Tarun has been a staple in India’s modelling industry from his college days. Tarun’s acting career got going after making his Bollywood debut in Jab We Met (2007).
In 2020, repeated accusations of drug use in the Indian television and film industry shocked everyone.
Tarun was asked in a recent interview whether the fashion world, too, had been plagued by the drug culture.
He says he didn’t see much of it when he had started, but that later changed.
Tarun disclosed: “At that time, it was quite clean and nice.
“It’s after, I think, when we got into acting, that we started seeing these things around us.
“Since we weren’t inclined towards it, we didn’t become a part of it. I’ve seen friends, their lives have been totally ruined by that.
“There are a lot of stories, to each his own.”
However, Tarun who was seen alongside Akshay Kumar in the Disney+Hotstar film Laxmii (2020) disputes the claims that 90% of showbiz is into drugs, He calls it an “exaggeration.’
Tarun Raj Arora argues: “How can people expect those actors to take drugs, and then perform and say dialogues?
“I totally have to rule out that. They might be taking it occasionally, like a drink or a drag, that doesn’t make them addicts.
“The ones who are stars and performing, if they’re on drugs, they won’t be able to bring that talent out.”
There are rumours that models take drugs to maintain or lose weight. On this matter, Tarun does not deny that some people do take short-cuts.
He says: “I’ve heard people say that some also eat and puke. It’s hard.
“There are wannabe models, and then there are those who know and naturally want to have a disciplined life.
“Anyone who will take short-cut will have that effect. The ones taking short-cuts do drugs.”
India’s drug culture came into the limelight and became public knowledge following the death of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput in June 2020.
Indian police uncovered a Bollywood WhatsApp group about the free use of drugs among Bollywood circles.
This led to many prominent stars in the industry being called in for questioning by India’s Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB).
Household names from the Bollywood fraternity such as Arjun Rampal, Deepika Padukone, Shraddha Kapoor and Sara Ali Khan have had their lives scrutinised by the police and public alike.