Mumbai: We all hold celebrities on a pedestal of sorts. In our minds, they all have so much money that they can just about get away with anything they do, but that isn’t always the case. Here are some Bollywood celebrities who went behind the bar for once in their lifetime.
1. Sanjay Dutt
Sanjay Dutt has had a controversial career in Bollywood, with several cases of breaching the law, in his kitty. He was held for possessing an AK-56 rifle and a 9 mm pistol. The AK-56 was part of the consignment of weapons and explosives smuggled into India to cause the serial blasts in Mumbai. His illegal possession of arms since 1993, came and bit him hard when he was arrested and sentenced to 5 years imprisonment in 2013.2. Salman Khan
He may be the commoners favourite star, and has an immense popularity way surpassing others. But Salman has not been such a good boy in real life, with more than one crime to his name. Not only was he arrested for illegally poaching the endangered Black Buck in Rajasthan, during the shoot of Hum Saath Saath Hainway back in the 90s, but was also involved in a hit-and-run case. He shocked the country when he ended up killing a man who was sleeping on the pavement, outside a bakery in Mumbai, due to rash and drunk driving and was sentenced to 5 years imprisonment by a sessions court for the same!3. Sonali Bendre
It is easy AF to hurt the religious sentiments of people in a country like India, where everyone’s sensitivity is always on the brink of the surface. In 2001, Sonali Bendre’s inappropriate pose for a magazine in a yellow kurta with the words Om Namah Shivayprinted on it, caused an uproar in certain sections of the society. Sonali was arrested for the same, and was later granted bail.4. Saif Ali Khan
He may be a Nawab,but he has not been spared the bars despite that stature. In 1998, he too was charged with poaching 2 Black Bucks alongside Salman Khan, and had to face the court. Next, in 2012, he went completely bad*ss when he misbehaved with one of the members of the staff in Wasabi Restaurant in the Taj. Apparently, there had been some disagreement between them leading to a scuffle, which ultimately resulted in the complainant’s nose being fractured. Saif was arrested under section 325 of the Indian Penal Code for the crime, and was later granted bail! You know you don’t mess with the Nawab.
5. Shiney Ahuja
On account of its frequent occurrence, a rape case sadly, hardly ever surprises anybody now. But when the news of a Bollywood celeb being accused of the crime hit the people, it shocked everyone to their very core. Shiney Ahuja, who was just starting his career in acting was accused by his maid of allegedly raping him and was arrested for the same, not to mention the intense humiliation and bad-name in the industry.6. Monica Bedi
It’s definitely not a cakewalk dating an underworld gangster and Monica Bedi got her fair share of the taste of prison when she was arrested for faking her identity! She served a sentence of two and a half years in jail on account of forging documents to enter Portugal, and was released only in 2010.7. Fardeen Khan
Coming from a powerful celebrity background does have its perks, especially when it is about setting free from prison! Charged with illegal purchase of cocaine in 2001, Fardeen Khan was arrested despite his claim of “private consumption only”. Thanks to his ‘connections’, not only was he granted bail in 5 days, but also immunity from prosecution. Who’s laughing now, eh?8. John Abraham
The world knows about John Abraham’s crazy obsession with his bikes, but you probably were not aware that it landed him in trouble with the cops, back in 2006. The actor accidentally crashed his motorbike onto a cycle, in turn injuring two pedestrians in Mumbai. It took the court six years to sentence him to 15 days of prison time! Unlike Salman, atleast John had the courtesy to take his victims to the ER instead of fleeing.9. Twinkle Khanna
Who would have thought that Akshay Kumar getting his jeans unbuttoned by his wife Twinkle Khanna publicly, for promoting an apparel brand at the Lakme Fashion Week would offend some people and land her in trouble! At a bail of Rs. 950, Twinkle Khanna was released while we are left wondering at the existing hypocrisy in the society.10. Madhubala
This legendary actress made over 70 movies in her short life of 36 years. But she is also remembered because of infamous and scandalous court case. The actress was taken into custody when director BR Chopra filed a case against her for accepting the paycheck for a movie which she later refused to do, without even returning the amount due. Madhubala lost the case amid much negative publicity, and added her name to this list.As it turns out, the law is the law, and nobody can really evade it forever. These stars were all arrested at one point or another, and some on multiple occasions.