Congress leader Rahul Gandhi wrote a letter to Shah Rukh Khan on October 14 telling him that the entire country was standing beside him. He wrote such a letter because Bollywood’s King Khan’s son Aryan was being probed by Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) in the Mumbai-drugs-on-Cruise case. Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan had got bail in the cruise drugs case on October 28, the last Thursday of the month. After that, he walked out of jail on October 30, Saturday. Aryan Khan had an emotional reunion with parents Shah Rukh Khan and Gauri Khan on Saturday. This happened when he returned home from Mumbai’s Arthur Road Jail after spending 22 days there. It was because he was arrested in a Narcotics Control Bureau raid on a cruise ship off the city coast.
The 23-year-old son of the Bollywood superstar walked out of the prison at 11 am. He then got into a car and reached his home Mannat which is a landmark in suburban Bandra half an hour later. A lot of fans waited outside the landmark bungalow to catch a glimpse. It was the homecoming of their “prince” Aryan Khan. All the fans of Shah Rukh Khan made sure to make his entry special as they thronged in larger numbers outside the actor’s bungalow. They kept celebrating with music, dance, and firecrackers.
As Shah Rukh’s convoy arrived at Mannat, hundreds of fans of the actor gathered to catch a glimpse of the Khan family. The supporters ran alongside the car, shouting, “We love Shah Rukh, we love Aryan“. Then they started dancing to the beats of drums. The police did their best to barricade the area outside Mannat in order to control the crowd and the media contingent present. “Welcome home Aryan Khan. Stay strong prince Aryan. Everything will be alright soon,” read a banner by a group of fans who arrived outside Mannat early in the morning. “Today we are standing outside Mannat and we finally feel like Jannat (heaven). It was a tough time. But Shah Rukh and the family have sailed through it,” a fan said.
Fans across all age groups, children, college students, and even elderly couples, showed up to celebrate Aryan’s return to his home. The lane to Mannat’s entrance was jam-packed with crowds. The police and Shah Rukh’s private security had to clear the area for the car to move smoothly. Even after Aryan’s convoy went inside the bungalow, many fans waited in the hope that Shah Rukh might wave to the eager supporters, as he does annually on his birthday.
On Friday evening, Mannat was decked up with lights, signaling the celebrations for his release. It was also decked up because it was Shah Rukh’s birthday on November 2, Diwali on November 4, and then Aryan’s birthday on November 13. Earlier in the morning, half an hour before Aryan came out of the prison, his father’s bodyguard got down from a white Range Rover car near the jail gate. Around 11 am, the car started moving slowly near the prison’s gate and stopped to receive Aryan.
The Range Rover was part of the convoy which left Mannat shortly after 8 am. It then reached a spot near the prison around 9 am, where it halted to avoid a traffic jam in the area, an official said.