Muslims Were Once Powerful Megastars in Bollywood. Not in Modi’s India. – By Arman Khan
An Indian court just granted Aryan Khan, the son of Bollywood’s biggest superstar Shah Rukh Khan, bail, almost four weeks after he was arrested during a drug bust on a celebrity rave. He was denied bail twice and kept in an overcrowded jail known for holding convicted mass murderers, despite opposition politicians arguing that the detainment and arrest by the drug authority, under the control of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government, was “undemocratic and illegal.”
Now, critics claim that the harsh treatment afforded to Aryan Khan was meant to send his megastar father and all minorities in India a reminder about who has the real power in the country: not Bollywood, but Modi’s government.
They believe the 23-year-old’s troubles can be traced back to a 2015 televised interview Shah Rukh Khan gave. In it, the Bollywood megastar, with 3.5 billion fans across the globe, expressed his anguish over growing religious intolerance in India. “There is nothing more important than religious tolerance,” Khan, a Muslim, had said….