Drugs in Bollywood: How Sanjay Dutt overcame substance abuse after 9 years of struggle
First Published 31, Aug 2020, 3:00 PM
With the use of drugs in the film industry coming to light, it has become a talking point that has overshadowed other issues. We take a look at how one can learn from Bollywood star Sanjay Dutt who has overcome drug abuse.
Drug abuse in Bollywood has become the talking point after a private message associated with the accused in the Sushant Singh Rajput death case surfaced, throwing light on the prevalent substance abuse. However, this fact does not come as a surprise at all, as there is a history of Bollywood celebrities falling victim to drug addiction, one of them being Sanjay Dutt.
The actor in an interview reportedly claimed that during his debut Rocky he was high on drugs.
The actor started using drugs from his college days. Reports state that the actor would wake up two days after popping LSD.
His addiction also impacted his love life. Unable to stay in a relationship, an actress from the Parsi community left him. She went on to marry a businessman.
Dutt realised that he needed help. He went to his father and confessed. He was admitted to a Mumbai-based hospital and was later sent to the US for rehabilitation.
It took nine years for the realisation. By then his father had also become mentally weak in worrying over his son's addiction. But the family heaved a huge sigh of relief after they were convinced that Dutt had overcome the addiction.
Soon after his return from the US after rehabilitation, a drug peddler followed him and offered him narcotics. Sanjay reportedly told him off and asked him never to show up again.
A Bollywood top star who at a time did not have to face social media attacks, trolls to keep them in check, managed to quit, setting an example to upcoming artists that they can overcome drug use with help.