If Not Now, Then When? Geetika Vidya Ohlyan On Film Industry Coming Together To Support Aryan Khan
Two years ago, Geetika Vidya Ohlyan appeared with Ananya Panday in a discussion in which the latter was brutally trolled for talking about the struggle of the children of film families. Recently, the Soni (2018) actress shared a story on Instagram explaining that star children are going through their own struggles. She followed up with another story in which she reposted a message saying: ‘He (Aryan Khan) did not sign a contract to be a role model for his children or society … let the boy be! relax a bit! ‘
She believes that the film industry often becomes an easy target when it comes to a broader socio-political issue. Khan’s arrest in the alleged cruise drug case has brought the Film Brotherhood together to support Shah Rukh Khan and his family. “Isn’t that a good thing? If not us, then who? If not now, then when?” asks Ohlyan.
What bothers them, however, is the widespread defamation of the 23-year-old on social media “He is a young adult who has neither taken the citizens’ money in the form of taxes nor a responsibility to serve anyone by asking for votes,” says the actor, who has been a part of Thappad and Unpaused (2020).
She goes on to add, “If he has consumed the alleged substances, that’s bad for him, his health and the mental peace of his family. But we all can see that being a star kid, he is being used for purposes other than morality and legality.”
Sharing her views on the ongoing debate about the case hogging the limelight, Ohlyan says, “All of us have limited mind space for social media. When certain news is spread wide, others shrink or need to be omitted. But it’s our personal moral responsibility to understand something. On the same day, we had a lot more happening which deserves our undivided attention. We need to set our priorities right.”