Javed Akhtar opens about ‘Charas’ and ‘Ganja’, calls them ‘ordinary’ things

Javed Akhtar, who has called smoking marijuana ‘innocuous’, has now talked about what he’d say to his children if he found out they smoke marijuana.


Currently the Bollywood industry is deep down in controversies as several big names have been linked to the drug nexus. In an interview, the famous lyricist and writer Javed Akhtar has opened up on how Charas and ganja are ‘ordinary’ things that can be found outside any college campus, and shouldn’t be confused with drugs such as cocaine and LSD. Akhtar is also of the opinion that no police officer will pay attention to a person smoking marijuana, and feels that the problem arises only if one starts peddling the banned substance for profit.

In a recent interview with journalist Barkha Dutt, Javed Akhtar has said “I’ve never heard anybody committing a murder after smoking marijuana.” His comments come after the entire B-town is under the scanner because of the ongoing Narcotics Control Bureau investigation into its alleged drugs links.

Talking about the same, Akhtar spoke up on how he will react if he gets to know that his kids, Zoya and Farhan have ever consumed narcotics. He stated, “I would tell them not to do it, it’s not right. But they are grown ups. It’s like when I gave up alcohol in 1991, and haven’t taken a sip since then. I used to drink everyday. I have come to the conclusion that if you have any kind of intoxication, it can harm you. Tomorrow if I come to know my daughter smokes marijuana, I’ll tell her she shouldn’t be doing this. If she listens to me that’s fine, but if she doesn’t, she’s a grown up girl. It’s the same with my son.”

“It’s not such a big issue,” Javed said. “People do it, but yes, it’s bad for your health.” He said that he would be indifferent either way, if marijuana were to be legalised, or it were to remain banned. Javed rejected the notion that it could prove to be a gateway drug to more harmful substances, if legalised.

When asked about the ongoing investigation into the alleged Bollywood drug nexus, the writer said, “I have never used any drug in my life. Although I was not a very disciplined young man and I used to drink a lot. I don’t believe in those reports but look at their health, their physique, their physical fitness. These boys and girls, unlike the stars of yesteryear who were not obsessed by their physical fitness, which this generation is. In fact, they spend two to three hours in the gym. Do they look like drug addicts? They are extremely professional and responsible people. Today, the film industry is much more disciplined and responsible than it ever was.”

Ever since Rhea Chakraborty was arrested by the NCB in a drug angle linked to the Sushant Singh Rajput case, as she allegedly consumed and purchased the banned substances, many big celebrities like Deepika Padukone, Shraddha Kapoor, Sara Ali Khan and Rakul Preet Singh have been interrogated by the agency. Various media reports suggest that more high-profile celebrities will soon be summoned as well.


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