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The relationship between Celebrities and drugs is one that has lasted long and seems like it will continue to do so in the future also. The recent victim of this indomitable bond between the two has been the British jazz singer “Amy Winehouse”. She was found dead in her North London home. She was just 27 years old. The cause of her death still remains unexplained but many believe she died because of a drug overdose. She had been a drug addict for a long time and also went to a rehab.

Britney Spears, Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton, Naomi Campbell. These are just a few select names in the long list of celebrities who have suffered from this menace of drug addiction. Some of them have recovered from this problem, others continue to suffer.  How can the King of Pop, Late Michael Jackson be left far behind when it comes to drugs? He was another one who was a big time drug addict and many claim that this was the main reason behind his deteriorating health and fading career.  Careers have been made and then destroyed into pieces, once these people have been exposed to drugs This problem seems to be highly infectious, moving on from people to people, friends to friends.  It is well known that it was Amy’s husband who first introduced her to drugs. And the rest is history now.

If the West is battling with this menace for so long, how can the East and especially the Indian industry be left far behind.  The movie “Fashion” highlighted the extent to which the Fashion fraternity is exposed to drugs. The role played by Kangana Ranaut is based on the real life story of Geetanjali Nagpal, who was once a super model. A few years back Geetanjali was found wandering on the streets of Delhi, begging for food and money.  She was mentally disturbed and suffering from this menace of drug addiction.  Raj Kiran, the man who played the role of Monty in Karz, was recently in news. He was found out to be in the U.S, in a mental hospital struggling to recover from drug addiction.

These celebrities have a huge fan following and whatever they do becomes a fashion and is followed passionately by their fans. They are famous and extremely under pressure, nothings a secret.  Even if they fall down the stairs, somehow it’s in the paper next day.  They are an inspiration to everyone else, especially the youth. Soon they forget this thing and end up partying hard and taking alcohol and drugs. What messages is the youth taking away from all of this? After all, we see these celebrities as our role models. And now that we are immersed in the 24/7media world at younger and younger ages, the effect of a role model going wrong is going to magnify exponentially. They have become bad role models for the youth, especially kids at a small age. Everywhere kids turn; they see images and hear reports about their idols. And they’re often left alone to make sense of it all.

We love them a lot but no one actually wants to follow their lifestyle because they know that there is a dark world out there.  What these celebrities need to realize is that they have a huge moral and ethical responsibility on their shoulders. They should never forget that they live and do things not only for themselves but also for their fans around the world. . Heroes have a way of falling, but in today’s world they fall faster, and no detail is spared. God save their kingdom now.


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