Javed Akhtar Says ‘When You’re High Profile, People Have Fun Pulling You Down’

Veteran lyricist Javed Akhtar said on Tuesday that the Hindi film industry is under the scanner due to its “high-profile” nature and the “price” it has to pay. The veteran writer’s testimony comes at a time when Bollywood and its celebrity culture are back in focus after superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan was arrested in the context of an alleged drug seizure from a cruise.

There have been voices on social media suggesting that the Aryan Khan case is a deliberate attempt to target the film industry.

When asked if he feels that Bollywood is being routinely targeted with raids, Akhtar told reporters, “This is the price the film industry has to pay for being high profile. When you’re high profile, people have fun pulling you down, throwing muck at you. If you’re a nobody. Then who has the time to throw stones at you?”

Akhtar spoke at the launch of the Changemakers book, written by authors Almas Virani and Sweta Samota. The 23-year-old was arrested by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on October 3 on a cruise ship off the coast of Mumbai.

Without specifying, Akhtar said the superstar’s case received more media coverage than an alleged “$ 1 billion” drug recovery from a port and was related to the seizure of 2,988 kg of heroin in the port of Mundra, District of Kutch, Gujarat.

“You find cocaine worth ₹one billion dollar at a port, somewhere else there were 1200 people where ganja and a total sum of ₹1 lakh 30 thousand is found, according to media reports.

“Now this has become a big national news but I haven’t seen any headline on the billion dollar cocaine…,” He added. When specifically asked if he felt that Shah Rukh Khan and Aryan Khan were being targeted, Akhtar declined to elaborate.

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Aryan Khan is currently in the Arthur Road jail in central Mumbai. A special court issued his bail request and two other warrants last week, on October 20.

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