Did you see Udta Punjab last week? Did you fly high like Tommy Singh in the movie? Today happens to be important with regards to this film. That is because today is the United Nations’ International Day against Drug Abuse. It does not celebrate the use of drugs, but raises awareness about the major problem it represents in society. Bollywood too has tried to do the same through its movies, by describing how drugs have ruined countless lives, while also portraying its ‘glamorous’ side. The use of drugs has been shown explicitly in many Bollywood films, with only a disclaimer at the bottom, stating the illegality of it. Take a look at some of these films, which show us what prolonged use of narcotics can lead to.
The movie is based on blatant drug abuse in the state of Punjab. A serious issue in the state, the movie revolves around the drug addicted singer Tommy Singh and how his addiction affects his fans and those around him.
Hare Rama Hare Krishna
This 1971 film, starring Dev Anand and Zeenat Aman, dealt with the debauchery of the hippie culture of the ‘70s. Asha Bhosle’s song Dum Maaro Dum from the film was highly popular in the decades to follow, and a remake was made in 2011 with the name Dum Maaro Dum.
Raman Raghav 2.0
Anurag Kashyap’s latest crime thriller shows the use of drugs throughout the film, by Vicky Kaushal, a police officer who is investigating the murders committed by a serial killer. Ultimately, the drugs have a profound effect on him, changing him completely.
Madhur Bhandarkar’s drama was a portrayal of the world of fashion and supermodels. Lead Priyanka Chopra played a rising model, who gets addicted to drugs as she struggles with the pressures of her profession.
Bejoy Nambiar’s crime thriller on the decadence of five youngsters depicts a lot of violence, drug abuse, and a lot of other crimes, aptly giving the movie its name. Kalki Koechlin plays a drug addict in this film.
A modern-day take on the classic novel Devdas, the movie shows the lead character Dev, played by Abhay Deol, as an alcoholic and drug abuser. Tormented by the wedding of his lover to another man, Dev seeks refuge in alcohol and drugs, only to make his life worse.
Go Goa Gone
This is probably the only movie where drugs were seen, not as the problem, but as an answer to destroying zombies! The zombie apocalypse started with the use of a new drug and was put to an end with another. So basically, what the movie tried to say is that drugs do kill!