Bollywood personalities like filmmaker Hansal Mehta, andactors Pooja Bhatt and Suchitra Krishnamoorthi have expressed their solidaritywith Shah Rukh Khan after the superstar's son Aryan Khan was arrested by theNarcotics Control Bureau (NCB) in connection with a drugs case.
The NCB busted a drugs party onboard a cruise ship off the Mumbai coast andarrested Aryan and seven others on Sunday. The 23-year-old was remanded to thecustody of the NCB till October 4.
Hours after Aryan's arrest, close friend and superstar Salman Khan arrived atShah Rukh's residence, Mannat, to pay him a visit.
While so far Salman has been the only one to visit the 55-year-old actor,colleagues of the superstar have rallied behind him on social media.
Mehta took to Twitter and wrote that it was "painful" when peoplearrive at judgements on children, adding he stands with Shah Rukh during thedifficult time.
"It is painful for a parent having to deal with a child getting intotrouble. It gets compounded when people begin to arrive at judgements beforethe law takes its course. It is disrespectful and unfair to the parent and tothe parent-child relationship. With you @iamsrk," the "Scam1992" helmer wrote.
Bhatt, who worked with Shah Rukh in the 1996 film "Chaahat", took toTwitter late Sunday evening and wrote, "I stand in solidarity with you@iamsrk Not that you need it. But I do. This too, shall pass."
Hours before Aryan's arrest, Shah Rukh's "Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa"co-star Suchitra Krishnamoorthi tweeted that she is praying for the family. "Nothingharder for a parent than seeing their child in distress. Prayers to all,"she wrote.
In a subsequent tweet, Krishnamoorthi noted how the Hindi film industry ends upbecoming an unfortunate soft target. "For all those targetting #Bollywoodremember all the #NCB raids on film stars? Yes nothing was found and nothingwas proved. #Bollywood gawking is a tamasha. It's the price of fame(sic)," she added.
During a promotional event in Delhi on Sunday, actor Suniel Shetty also sharedhis views on the intense media scrutiny on Bollywood. Before Aryan wasarrested, Shetty urged people to "give the child a breather".
"Whenever something happens in the industry, the media goes all out. Givethe child an opportunity. Let the real reports come out. He is a child, takingcare of him is our responsibility," the actor told reporters. The NCBteam, led by its zonal director Sameer Wankhede, raided the Goa-bound ship onSaturday evening based on a tip-off that a party was scheduled onboard.
The sleuths seized 13 grams of cocaine, five grams of MD, 21 grams of charasand 22 pills of Ecstasy and Rs 1.33 lakh. The NCB on Sunday said it hadevidence suggesting a nexus between three persons it had arrested, includingAryan, and suppliers and peddlers of drugs and banned narcotic substancesregularly.
"Prima facie investigation conducted by the NCB reveals that there isincriminating material in the form of WhatsApp chats and so on that clearlyshows the nexus with the arrested accused (Aryan Khan and two others) withsuppliers and peddlers on a regular basis," the NCB said in its remandnote.