The use of drugs is a big issue in society today and cinema has time and again raised awareness about its ill effects. 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.

Udta Punjab

The movie is based on blatant drug abuse in the state of Punjab. A serious issue in the state, this movie revolves around the drug addicted singer Tommy Singh (played by Shahid Kapoor) 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 2016 crime thriller shows the use of drugs throughout the film by Vicky Kaushal, who plays 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 actress 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 is based on the decadence of five youngsters and 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.

Dev D

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!

In the upcoming film Kabir Singh, Shahid Kapoor takes to drugs and alcohol once again when the love of his life is forced to marry another man, leading himself into a path of self-destruction. The movie is a remake of the Telugu cult film Arjun Reddy and is helmed by the director of the original film Sandeep Reddy Vanga. Watch Kabir Singh in theatres near you on the 21st of June 2019.

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