October 20, 2021, 8:31 PM

Veteran lyricist Javed Akhtar on Tuesday said the Hindi film industry is under the scanner because of its 'high profile' nature and it is the 'price' it has to pay.

Akhtar was speaking at the launch of the book 'Changemakers,' written by authors Almas Virani and Sweta Samota.

The veteran writer's statement comes at a time when there is renewed attention on Bollywood and its celebrity culture after superstar Shah Rukh Khan's son Aryan was arrested in connection with a case of alleged seizure of drugs from a cruise ship.

When asked if he feels that Bollywood is being routinely targeted with raids, Akhtar told reporters, "This is the price the film industry has to pay for being high profile. When you're high profile, people have fun pulling you down, throwing muck at you. If you're a nobody, then who has the time to throw stones at you?"

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