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Drugs and alcohol – the Dark side of Bollywood that you Seldom know!

Sep 05, 2018

Drugs and alcohol – the Dark side of Bollywood that you Seldom know!
Drugs and alcohol – the Dark side of Bollywood that you Seldom know!

Bollywood is a dream world for many. From the outside, it looks like a world of glamour, spotlights, money, happiness and success. People see their favourite actors as icons that can do no wrong. But, that is far from true. There is a darker side to Bollywood that is shielded carefully from the public eye. Even so, glimpses of that dark side do come out in the open sometimes.

Drugs and alcohol addiction are problems that haunt the young population world over. But, it is an appalling fact that Bollywood has a deep-rooted drug and alcohol problem that is evident in the cases of actors getting caught and confessing to addiction.

Let us take a look at some Bollywood stars that have grappled with the problem.

Fardeen Khan

Fardeen Khan was riding a success wave in Bollywood when his alleged drug addiction made all that fall crashing down. In 2011, he was arrested in Juhu for possession of Cocaine and he went through a legal battle thereafter. He later spoke in an interview about how he suffered in the grip of addiction and advised youngsters to focus on more important things in life.

Sanjay Dutt

Sanjay Dutt has been the famous bad-boy of Bollywood for a long time. He had revealed in an interview that there is not a single drug in the world that he has not tried. He was taken to the USA for rehab shortly after he was arrested in India for use of drugs. He said in an interview that his journey with substance abuse went on for 12 longs years.

Ranbir Kapoor

Ranbir Kapoor is known as one of the best actors of this generation.

Considering that he has a big influence on the youngsters of the present day, it was shocking when he revealed that he had a tryst with drugs when he was studying at Film School. 

Then later, he also confessed that he had smoked weed while shooting for Rockstar when he had to enact his scenes as a rock-star singing in front of junior artistes who were posing to be a real crowd.

Viyaz Raaz

Known for his intense roles and good acting, Vijay Raaz has starred in many critically acclaimed movies. It was an unexpected revelation to the audience when he was caught at the Dubai airport with drugs that he had this dark side to him. He was caught in 2005.

Mamta Kulkarni

This former actress was caught in Kenya for drug trafficking. Along with her husband Vicky Goswami, she was named as the prime accused in a multi-crore drug racket that was busted by the Drug Enforcement Agency of the US.

Prateik Babbar

Prateik Babbar opened up about his drug addiction in an interview. He is the son of late Smita Patil and Raj Babbar and his career as an actor in Bollywood is yet to take off. Sadly, he had confessed that he took to drugs as early as when he was 13 years old and had suffered a tedious battle with addiction. He said that his disturbed childhood fuelled his addiction.

Pooja Bhatt

Pooja Bhatt had confessed that she had a drinking problem and that she had started drinking from the age of 16 while she started smoking from 23. She said that alcohol was a constant companion to her through the highs and lows of life but had impacted her health in a very negative manner. She later quit on the advice of her father and started leading a healthier lifestyle.


This yesteryear superstar had confessed during the promotions of Yamla Pagla Deewana 2 that he had suffered from a drinking problem in the past. He had even said that it was his uncontrolled alcohol addiction that had cut-short his successful career as an actor. He said that he had quit the habit now and that he leads a more peaceful lifestyle now.