Actor-politician Shatrughan Sinha has come forward in support of superstar Shah Rukh Khan, and criticised the way his elder son, Aryan Khan is being “used” in the cruise ship case.
“We cannot say that it’s his religion that has come in the way, but some people have begun using that subject now, which is not right at all. Whoever is an Indian is the son of India and all are equal under our constitution.
“Shah Rukh is definitely the reason why the boy is being targeted. There are other names like Munmun Dhamecha and Arbaaz Merchant, but nobody is talking about them,” he told a publication.
He further called the film industry a ‘bunch of scared folks’.
Asked about the silence of people in the industry in the matter, Shatrughan Sinha had told Hindustan Times in an interview last week, “Will the government tackle the repercussions if a person from Bollywood says something? In such cases, our people have to bear the brunt. There have been protests outside their houses. So, they say let’s not do it. When you talk about casting couch or drugs, you judge any industry by majority.”
He added, “Have you heard anything of this sort about the late Dilip Kumar, Amitabh Bachchan, Dev Anand or me? There are certain incidents and these are all accusations, nothing has been proved yet. So, this is important to understand. Out of many good things, there is just one single flaw in the film industry. It is not united; it does not have a platform of its own. There should be an attitude of gratitude but at times selfish attitudes can be seen here.”
Aryan Khan was arrested on October 3 after the NCB raided a Goa-bound cruise ship off the Mumbai coast and claimed to have recovered drugs from some persons. He is currently in judicial custody and lodged at the Arthur Road prison in Mumbai.
Arbaaz Seth Merchant, Munmun Dhamecha, Vikrant Chhoker, Ismeet Singh, Nupur Sarika, Gomit Chopra and Mohak Jaswal were also arrested. The hearing for Aryan’s bail plea is scheduled to be held on Wednesday.