Bollywood Celebs Who Have Openly Spoken About Substance Abuse In The Past

Bollywood Celebs Who Have Openly Spoken About Substance Abuse In The Past

Karan Johar's 'Saturday night vibes' video may have looked like party goals to us but it certainly didn't go too well with some people. Recently, MLA Manjinder Singh Sirsa accused the celebs of "flaunting their drugged state." Just to give you all a quick recap, here's what happened: On Saturday night, Karan Johar and his gang of A-list actors were seen partying at his place in an Instagram video that the director shared. The party saw celebrities like Deepika Padukone, Ranbir Kapoor, Ayan Mukherji, Zoya Akhtar, Shah Rukh Khan, Shahid Kapoor, Mira Rajput, Malaika Arora, Arjun Kapoor, Varun Dhawan, Natasha Dalal, Vicky Kaushal and many more.

MLA Maninder Singh Sirsa took to Twitter to call out the actors and directors present at the party for doing drugs and promoting it by putting up videos. In a series of tweets, he even asked them to get a drug test done and share the reports on Twitter to prove him wrong! He then filed an FIR against the Bollywood celebs at the party and also wrote an open letter to Bollywood.

Singer Hard Kaur didn't seem surprised with these allegations and had some really absurd things. The Move Your Body singer said, "It was okay till ‘gaanja’ was the in-thing, nowadays the industry maxim is if you don’t do coke, you ain’t cool. Doing drugs has become a showoff factor. Cocaine, after all, is an expensive drug. It’s like a gang versus gang thing. The ones that stay together snort together. It’s almost like I can do what I want (because) I am a star. Apparently, you are supposed to have a ‘sex, drugs and rock n’ roll’ lifestyle. I’m not a perfect person you have seen me under the influence of alcohol, but I’m constantly aware of actors and models indulge in these things. Everyone does it."

VJ Nikhil Chinapa, too, had something to say, "The issue of drugs is a social problem. It is not connected to only the music or film industries. People from the world of sports also have a drug problem. In fact, the world of sports has a big problem with drugs. From what I have read, the major issue with drugs does not concern illegal drugs as much as it concerns pharmacy drugs. People are addicted to painkillers and cough syrups. That is the bigger issue you should talk of. People who take drugs don’t come from a specific sphere of life, and it doesn’t matter whether you are rich or poor, sportsmen or industrialist, musician or actor or entrepreneur."

Bollywood like any other industry too has its dark secrets. There's a lot that hides behind all the glam and glitz that we often don't get to know. There are Bollywood celebs who have had substance abuse issues. They were at some point of time in their lives addicted to drugs. 

While some celebs were caught red-handed using them, some have spoken about there battle with addiction and how they overcame it.

The List Of Bollywood Celebs Caught With Drugs

Sanjay Dutt


Sanjay Dutt was probably one of the first celebrities to admit to his addiction to drugs. In 1982, the Kaante actor was arrested for the possession of drugs. Post that episode, he was sent to rehab by father Sunil Dutt. The actor in an interview with a media portal said, "My journey with substance abuse has been about 12 years. There are no drugs in the world that I have not done. When my father took me to America (for rehab), they gave me a list (of drugs) and I ticked every drug on it because I had taken all of them. The doctor told my dad, 'What kind of food do you eat in India? Going by the drugs he did, he should be dead by now! I didn't leave drugs because of my family. I left because I wanted to be out of it. I didn't want that life. When you start the rehabilitation process, one part is physical - your body breaks down and you feel cold. But the most difficult part comes later, when your mind says, 'Ab toh tu theek ho gaya hai, ek baar maar lete hain'. That's when you have to use your willpower. "

Ranbir Kapoor


Ranbir Kapoor has spoken about his alcoholism and how he got it from his father Rishi Kapoor. The Tamasha actor also admitted to smoking weed back in filming school in an interview with a leading daily. He smoked it again when he was filming for Imtiaz Ali's Rockstar. He said, "I used it again during Rockstar. This time as an acting tool. It was hard to get in the moment on stage with 300 bored junior artistes posing as a real audience. Pot made those moments feel real."

Prateik Babbar


Prateik Babbar successfully came out of the rehab all clean and sober in 2017. In a conversation with a leading daily, he confessed that he started doing drugs at the age of 13. He spoke about how what started as experiments with marijuana and hashish, developed into an addiction to cocaine and acid. 

The Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na actor said, "My first real drug was a disturbed childhood. Constantly faced with an internal dilemma, the voices in my head debating where I belong and who I am, drugs came disguised as a glitzy escape. As the years went by, I got acquainted with the narcotic underbelly, which led me to my first run-in with drugs at the age of 13."

"Getting out of bed was almost impossible; nausea greeted me each morning, my body ached and I oscillated between hot and cold every few minutes. At that point, I didn’t even have a drug of choice, I took whatever I could lay my hands on."

Pooja Bhatt


In an interview with a leading daily, Pooja Bhatt opened up about her alcohol addiction and how she overcame it. She spoke about how after being in love with her bottle for over decades, it was a text message from her dad Mahesh Bhatt, which made her rethink her lifestyle choices.

Pooja said, "Alcohol is comforting, it colours your evening. It’s a socially accepted narcotic even at business lunches and in the boardroom. Also, living in a fast-paced city, being in a high-stress profession, it becomes a reason to celebrate and cope with failure. Your film is a hit, you bathe in champagne, it flops, a single malt lessens the pain. I was 45 and if I wanted to give myself 10 years of living, I had to quit now before I drank myself to the grave. I had to reclaim the sharper, brighter me which had got watered down." Last December, she pulled the plug on alcohol and has been sober ever since.

Fardeen Khan


In 2001, Fardeen Khan was arrested by Mumbai police for possession of cocaine. The case closed in 2012 when he was granted bail.

In an interview with a leading daily, Fardeen talked about his battle with addiction, "Any mind-altering substance whether it's narcotics or alcohol or prescription pills, creates a lethal dependency. Before you know it you're sucked into a downward spiral. The idea of any addiction is very damaging. People have all kinds of weird addiction, even shopping. My only addiction (now) is the love of my family. They're my life-supporting system. Please educate yourself vis-a-vis the consequences of whatever you are experimenting with. Addiction is not cool."

Manisha Koirala


Manisha, who battled ovarian cancer and emerged victoriously has had a tough life. Manisha also wrote a book called, Healed: How Cancer Gave Me a New Life that talks about her battle with cancer. At some point in her career, the actress was addicted to alcohol. Talking about her addiction and how she overcame it, the Sanju actress said, "In life, be it relationships or alcohol, we need to be the master of the situation and not the victim. My friends and family drink, my father drinks sometimes, so there’s no taboo as such. But you need to know your limits so that you don’t flip and start going on a downhill journey. It could happen because of anything- some people get into it due to pressure while others hit the bottle because of a heartbreak. It’s high emotion and drama-packed life. Creative people are more emotionally charged so I am a super sensitive person. But the reason I’ve written about it is that it goes out there and also it’s a sort of closure for me- that this happened with me, the chapter has ended and now we move on."

Yo Yo Honey Singh


The rap star Yo Yo Honey Singh became a sensation for his songs that spoke about consuming alcohol, partying all night and whatnot. Looks like he was writing about his own lifestyle. He experienced a downfall in his career due to his addiction to drugs. Talking about his battle, the Blue Eyes singer said, "This is the first time I am talking about it as I want my fans to know what happened to me. Nobody knows about this, and I wanted to tell the world myself, not through a spokesperson. The last 18 months were the darkest phase of my life, and I wasn't in a state to talk to anyone. I know there were rumours that I was in rehab (for drug overdose), but I was in my Noida house throughout. The truth is I was suffering from bipolar disorder. It went on for 18 months, during which I changed four doctors, the medication wasn't working on me and crazy things were happening,' he said, pausing, but determined to reveal more. 'I must confess that I was bipolar and an alcoholic, which aggravated the condition."

Surprised, aren't you?

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