Film industry has to pay for being high profile: Javed Akhtar on Aryan Khan’s arrest

Veteran lyricist Javed Akhtar on Tuesday said the Hindi film industry is under scrutiny due to its “high profile” nature and it has to pay a “price”.

The veteran writer’s statement comes at a time when Bollywood and its celebrity culture is receiving renewed attention after superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan was arrested in connection with an alleged seizure of drugs from a cruise ship.

Asked if he feels Bollywood is being targeted with raids regularly, Akhtar told reporters, “That’s the price the film industry pays for being high profile. When you were high profile. If you are nothing, then who has time to throw stones at you?” He was speaking at the release of the book ‘Changemakers’ authored by authors Almas Virani and Shweta Samota.

Aryan Khan was arrested by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on October 3 from a cruise ship off the Mumbai coast. Akhtar, without taking names, said the case of the superstar’s son, referring to the seizure of 2,988 kg of heroin at the Mundra port located in Gujarat’s Kutch district, did more media than the recovery of an alleged “one billion dollar” drug from a port. attracted attention.

According to media reports, “You get a billion dollars worth of cocaine at a port, somewhere else there were 1200 people where ganja and a total amount of 1 lakh 30 thousand rupees was found. Now it has become a big national news, but I have Haven’t seen any headline on Billion Dollar Cocaine…’, he said.

When asked if he thinks Shah Rukh Khan and Aryan Khan are being targeted, Javed Akhtar declined to elaborate.

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