It was predictable, impending and like textbook accuracy, it happened. After Shahrukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan was arrested by Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on Sunday (October 3) following a drug bust on a cruise ship, the Bollywood A-listers have come out in full, unwavering, and unflinching support of Aryan, in order to suck up to the Khan of Bollywood.
Leading the charge was actress Pooja Bhatt who took to Twitter to lend her support to Shahrukh and tweeted, “I stand in solidarity with you @iamsrk. Not that you need it. But I do. This too shall pass.”
I stand in solidarity with you @iamsrk Not that you need it. But I do. This too, shall pass. 🙏
— Pooja Bhatt (@PoojaB1972) October 3, 2021
Meanwhile, Sunil Shetty also avoided angering Shahrukh Khan by being at his diplomatic best. Shetty in Aryan’s defence remarked that he was a child and that one shouldn’t assume that he is guilty. “When a raid is conducted at a place, many people are taken into custody. We assume that a particular boy must have consumed it (drugs). The process is on. Let’s give that child a breather. Let real reports come out”
#WATCH | When a raid is conducted at a place, many people are taken into custody. We assume that a particular boy must have consumed it (drugs). The process is on. Let's give that child a breather. Let real reports come out: Actor Sunil Shetty on NCB raid at an alleged rave party pic.twitter.com/qYaYSsxkyi
— ANI (@ANI) October 3, 2021
Singer Suchitra Krishnamoorthi also penned her support to the actor and his son on the micro-blogging site and wrote, “Nothing harder for a parent than seeing their child in distress. Prayers to all”. Further stating that this is the price one pays for fame, she added, “For all those targeting #Bollywood remember all the #NCB raids on filmstars? Yes nothing was found and nothing was proved. #Bollywood gawking is a tamasha. Its the price of fame.”
— Suchitra Krishnamoorthi (@suchitrak) October 3, 2021
Director Hansal Mehta also stood tall with Shahrukh and instead of looking at the incident from an impartial lens evoked the weak parent-child analogy.
He tweeted, “It is painful for a parent having to deal with a child getting into trouble. It gets compounded when people begin to arrive at judgements before the law takes its course. It is disrespectful and unfair to the parent and to the parent-child relationship. With you @iamsrk.”
It is painful for a parent having to deal with a child getting into trouble. It gets compounded when people begin to arrive at judgements before the law takes its course. It is disrespectful and unfair to the parent and to the parent-child relationship. With you @iamsrk.
— Hansal Mehta (@mehtahansal) October 4, 2021
On Sunday, Salman Khan was also seen visiting Mannat to visit Shahrukh. As a person who knows a thing or two about evading the law and judiciary (Read: Blackbuck, Hit and run case), Salman is expected to have given his pearls of wisdom to Khan.
— Team Shah Rukh Khan ⚡️ (@teamsrkfc) October 3, 2021
Meanwhile, few others of the lobby played the old, tried and tested trope of whataboutery to shift the focus of attention from Aryan. Food bloggers Rocky and Mayur had a severe meltdown and repeatedly used the drug bust incident at Adaani Port to draw false equivalences between the two cases.
How wonderful of you to raise this issue with such passion and conviction. Please also update us on the investigative and passionate reporting done by you and your channel on the 3000kg of drugs found in Gujarat. The people and citizens of India want to know … https://t.co/2ZbJjqcJ4L
— INJESTERS 🇮🇳 (@rockyandmayur) October 3, 2021
According to a report published in India Today, NCB sources stated that on October 3, Aryan Khan was booked under four sections of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act (NDPS). He was presented in front of the court later on Sunday. The Mumbai court had sent him in police custody for a day along with two others. The investigation is underway but the Bollywood has started weaving its narrative to influence the investigation.