Aryan Khan, son of Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan, returned home on Saturday from Arthur Road Jail in Mumbai after spending 22 days there after being arrested in a DEA raid on a cruise ship off the city’s coast.
Aryan Khan had a romantic meeting with his parents Shahrukh Khan and Gauri Khan in their house Manat, a landmark in the suburbs of Bandra.
23-year-old Aryan Khan got out of prison at 11am, got into a car and arrived at Manat half an hour later, while fans waited outside the historic bungalow to have a look.
It was the return of their ‘prince’ Aryan Khan and SRK fans made sure to make it special as they thronged in larger numbers outside the actor’s home, celebrating with music, dancing and fireworks.
When Shahrukh’s convoy reached Mannat, hundreds of the actor’s fans gathered to have a look at the Khan family. Fans ran to the side of the car chanting “We love Shah Rukh Khan, we love Al-Arian” and began dancing to the beat of the drums.
The police fortified the area outside of Manat to control the crowd and the existing media unit.
A banner written by a group of fans who arrived outside Mannat early in the morning read: “Welcome home Aryan Khan. Stay strong Prince Aryan. Everything will be fine soon.”
One fan said, “Today we stand outside Mannat and we finally feel like Jannat. It was a tough time. But Shahrukh and his family got through it.”
Fans of all ages, kids, college students, and even elderly couples came to celebrate Aryan’s return home. The corridor leading to the Mannat entrance was packed with crowds. Police and Shah Rukh’s private security had to evacuate the area so that the car could move smoothly.
Even after Aryan’s caravan entered the bungalow, many fans waited in hopes that SRK would wave to his ardent supporters, as he does annually on his birthday.
On Friday evening, Mannat was decorated with lights, marking the celebrations of his release, SRK’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 was released from prison, his father’s bodyguard got off from a white Range Rover near the prison gate. Around 11 am, the car started moving slowly near the prison gate and stopped to receive Aryan.
An official said the Range Rover was part of the convoy that left Mannat just after 8 a.m. and arrived at a location near the prison around 9 a.m., where it stopped to avoid a traffic jam in the area.
A large crowd of SRK fans had gathered outside the prison since early morning. A large media unit was also present to cover Aryan’s release from prison.
Outside the prison, fans and spectators were cheering for SRK and Aryan and trying to catch a glimpse of the star disappointed as they couldn’t see the actor’s face and had to assume he was in the car.
Aryan was released from prison a day after a special court issued a warrant for his release.
He was released on bail by the Bombay High Court on Thursday. Juhi Chawla, the actor’s girlfriend and SRK’s boyfriend, stood as collateral for the 23-year-old before the Special Court, which was set to hear cases related to the Narcotics and Psychotropic Substances Act (NDPS).
The High Commission on Friday afternoon submitted its operative order imposing 14 bail conditions on Aryan Khan and his co-accused in the case, Arbaaz Merchant and Mun Demicha, who have also been released on bail, which provides for their release on personal bail of Rs. 1 lakh with one or two guarantors of the same amount.
The respite for the trio came just a day before the HC’s two-week break on Diwali.
In the five-page order, the Supreme Court said the trio will have to surrender their passports to the NDPS court and will not leave India without the permission of the special court and will have to attend the National Central Bank office every Friday between 11am and 2am. Evening to celebrate their presence.
The judge will issue a detailed bail order along with the reasons next week.
Aryan Khan, Tajrant and Damecha were arrested by the Central Bank on 3 October and taken into custody under the relevant sections of the NDPS Act for possession, consumption, sale/purchase of prohibited drugs, conspiracy and abetting.
Meanwhile, a special court in Mumbai on Saturday granted bail to suspected drug dealer Achet Kumar and eight others arrested by the National Central Bank following the raid on the cruise ship. Of the 20 people arrested by the NCB after the raid, 14 have been released on bail so far.
(with PTI input)