Ad film master and producer Prahlad Kakkar have shot many advertisements and commercials with loads of Bollywood stars, including Shah Rukh Khan. In a discussion with ETimes, he talks about the ongoing Aryan Khan Case.
Prahlad Kakkar said: “Aryan is a 23-year-old adult. He’s not some underage boy. If you have a problem with Aryan then you have a problem with him. If you have a problem with your father, then you should have a problem with everybody’s father. Why are people only talking about Aryan’s father? There have been dozens of arrests in the case, but why is only Aryan’s father in the news?”
When asked why he feels that Aryan is being targeted, he said, “He is being targeted because he is Shah Rukh Khan’s son, why else? There is no proof that he was carrying anything with him. They are looking at his phone, at one-year-old old messages, when he was in England and trying to tell people that he is involved in an international drug cartel. What rubbish!”
Prahlad Kakkar believes that the support of SRK and Aryan should have been a lot more. He said, “The film industry never speaks out. Why should they change? They are very selfish people. They only protect themselves; they don’t know if it is a central government agenda to go after Shah Rukh, because of his association with the Congress. Everyone wants to follow the government today, even the press. Even sections of media don’t write anything against the government.”
He said: “Now the Shiv Sena belongs to the Congress and Sharad Pawar and they will look the other way. In politics, everybody flips flops all the time. But why is everyone so scared about talking? Why doesn’t anyone have a spine?”
Critical in his assessment of Bollywood, he adds, “Bollywood will stand up and start speaking when its people get picked off one by one. Those in power know that if they pick people one by one, then nobody is going to come together. They are not taking Bollywood on all at once. They will pick depending on who is for or against them. It’s as simple as that.” He further goes on to say, “They will not pick on Kangana, they will pick on Shah Rukh and Hrithik.”