SSR death case – When will the media circus end?

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2020 has been one of worst years in present history with the Covid-19 pandemic unsettling the lives of everybody. Covid-19 cases have been on the rise in India since last month and most economies have stumbled down. In India, people are facing huge job losses and most are under lots of stress and pressure. During lockdown, there was also the migrants’ issue on travelling.

The demise of Sushant Singh Rajput on 14 June has been a big loss for the Hindi film industry. Post that, there has been a media circus that followed. A few people from the industry are on news channels to receive their own limelight. They are the same film industry personalities who have never spoken to him, have never worked with him and have not even been his friend when he was alive. How well do they know him to give opinions and reasons for his death on television channels? A few media channels have lost their focus on other issues in the country and Sushant’s death case has been the only agenda.

Sushant Singh Rajput is from Patna, Bihar and there will be legislative state elections in October this year. There is the politicization of his death. Now this issue has become more of a political war than getting justice for him. The media trial has been running on most channels. Earlier Karan Johar, Aditya Chopra, Salman Khan and Mahesh Bhatt were turned into villain figures by the media and Twitter. All kinds of stories were being made and sold. After Sushant’s family registered a FIR in Patna, the focus has become on Rhea Chakraborty.

There has been a great huge hue and cry for a CBI Inquiry and they finally got it. Can we stop these media trials and wait for the law to take its own discourse? On Twitter, there has been a huge backlash on star kid actors in the name of nepotism. Is that fair on star kids also? Nobody can plan and decide their birth and parents. Everyone has the right to make a choice of their own career. India is a democratic country.

There are people on social media who have been talking of boycotting star kids’ films. There is no proper logic behind that. As an audience, everyone has their own prerogative to watch whatever they want. News channels have been adding insult to injury by creating divisions and an environment of hatred in society. The film industry is being projected to look like a big bad world. Having said that, definitely, there are issues such as casting couch, pay disparity and big star-controlled industry but the same media also need to look at the positive aspects of the industry.

With the media circus on TV channels, things are only looking more complicated in Sushant’s death case and we are missing the real reason behind his death with all the fake news spreading on social media. Sadly, the media are on rage and seem to be taking their own personal vendetta on the film industry and using his death for their own TRPs.

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