By Quaid Najmi :
IN A plot straight out of the all-time favourite American comic book “Richie Rich”, the ‘poor rich’ Aryan Khan has reportedly told the Narcotics Control Bureau sleuths that his father and mega-star Shah Rukh Khan remains so busy that occasionally, he needs an appointment just to meet him. Ironically, life became a full circle when a couple of days ago, SRK had to take the NCB’s permission for a brief meet with his son in the agency lock-up, when the 24-year-old cried before his celeb dad, though eventually it has surfaced that no drugs were recovered from him. At Monday’s court hearing, during one heated moment in the arguments, Aryan’s lawyer Satish Maneshinde even said that it was not as if “Khan (Aryan) was selling drugs in the ship, if he wants, he can buy the ship”. During their detention for several hours, their subsequent arrest and now in NCB custody till October 7, there has been support bordering on concern from Bollywood circles on Aryan’s well-being inside the dank and inhospitable agency lockup. Worried about her son’s dietary health, an anxious Gauri Khan on Tuesday morning rushed to the NCB office armed with a few packets of McDonalds burgers in her car, fondly hoping that Aryan would relish them.
Expectedly, the NCB sleuths sternly but politely disallowed her pleas and punctured the venture on “security grounds”, just as they have refused to permit the other accused the luxury of home-cooked food in the lockup after they were picked up and brought down-to-earth from the luxury ship. Nevertheless, the rave-party accused youth are not exactly starving and in the past couple of days, they have been treated to street fare like “puri-bhaji, dal-chawal, sabzi-parathas” from roadside stalls, plus plates of biryani or pulao from a nearby restaurant, which is reputedly a hot favourite with even the NCB sleuths.