How the drugs case involving Shah Rukh Khan’s son was a warning to Bollywood

The arrest of Aryan Khan has sent shivers through India’s world-famous movie industry, writes Maanya Sachdeva

Tuesday 07 December 2021 03:37
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<p>Indian Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan waves to fans outside his house  in Mumbai</p>

Indian Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan waves to fans outside his house in Mumbai

Shah Rukh Khan, arguably one of Bollywood’s most self-reflective voices, has sold an audacious brand of romance to generations of fans in India with his trademark cheek for over three decades.

But a month after his son Aryan walked out of jail on bail, having spent 26 days in custody in a drugs case, those who follow the inner workings of Bollywood believe that India’s right-wing Hindu nationalist government is flexing its muscles to control the multi-billion dollar industry that runs on brand power. And the articulate, Muslim actor is a global brand.

The case sends a message to an alarmed industry that no one is above the scrutiny of the government.

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